Thibaut Courtois tells title rivals: Chelsea won’t be beaten
The Chelsea goalkeeper says he is ready to stop players from scoring on the rare occasions his defence is beaten
Thibaut Courtois has warned Chelsea’s title rivals that they will find it extremely hard to score against the Premier League leaders.
The west London side were 3-0 winners against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Boxing Day after Pedro Rodriguez scored either side of half-time and Eden Hazard netted a second-half goal from the penalty spot.
Chelsea have won their last 12 Premier League games to leave Antonio Conte’s side six points clear of their closest rivals Liverpool in the title race ahead of the visit of Stoke City on New Year’s Eve.
Courtois has kept nine clean sheets during Chelsea’s impressive 12-game winning run to give the Blues the best defensive record in the Premier League after conceding a mere 11 goals in 18 games this term.
The Belgium international hasn’t conceded a goal in his last four Premier League games and remarkably, Gary Cahill was the last player to beat the Chelsea goalkeeper after his inadvertent own goal at Manchester City.
Speaking to Chelsea’s website, Courtois explained why the Premier League leaders are unlikely to concede any goals in the near future.
“Letting in only two goals is amazing,” Courtois told Chelsea’s website.
“After that Arsenal game we had to build a new thing and we did it well, and there is a lot of hard work in training. It was not just that we did a new formation and it will work.
“As a goalkeeper it doesn’t change much but now we are more solid at the back than at the beginning of the season, it is harder for people to break us down, and when they do try to score a goal I try to save it.
“Some other teams tried to defeat us as well with that formation but if it is well-worked like we do it, it is hard to break down and every day in training we do it a lot. That is why we have this run at the moment and we just try to keep it going and we will see in few weeks and months where we are standing, and hopefully we will be there in the race for the championship.”