Thibaut Courtois reacts to Chelsea’s sacking of Jose Mourinho

Thibaut Courtois has his say after Chelsea opted to sack Jose Mourinho last week

Thibaut Courtois has told his Chelsea team-mates that they must take responsibility for their position in the Premier League table following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last week.

The Portuguese coach was dismissed on Thursday after the Blues slumped to their ninth Premier League defeat of the season against Leicester City.

Guus Hiddink has been place in temporary charge of the west London side until the end of the season and watched from the Stamford Bridge stands as Chelsea returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

Everybody is sad about what happened

Thibaut Courtois

And Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois feels that the Blues must improve their performances as they look to climb the Premier League table during the busy festive period.

Courtois told Chelsea’s website: “Obviously when a manager goes it’s a difficult situation.

“Everybody is sad about what happened because we haven’t played well and won games, so we have to react and do better. Saturday’s game was a bit better and obviously we won as well.”

He added: “We don’t play to lose but we are responsible as well, we have top players so we shouldn’t be 15th in the league.

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“We always wanted to play well but sometimes things turn out differently and the board took a decision. We know as a group we have to do better but we’ve started well and hopefully we can win the next game.”

Chelsea, who won the title and the League Cup under Mourinho last season, host Watford on Boxing Day before travelling to Old Trafford to face Manchester United two days later.

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