Defending champions Chelsea are currently undergoing a massive downturn in form in this year’s Premier League as they sit 14th in the Premier League table, just two points clear of the relegation zone. Despite their rather inauspicious start to the campaign, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois feels that they will soon bounce back and return to winning ways.
Speaking to the official Chelsea website, the Belgian said, “I think we have been a bit unlucky in some games this season, but we have the same good team as last year and that team won the league. So I think we have the quality to get out of this situation.”
Since his arrival from Atletico Madrid last season, manager Jose Mourinho has been very dependent on the young Belgian, so much so that Petr Cech, who had been their main man for almost a decade, was allowed to leave for Arsenal. Mourinho has rued having missed out on the chance to include Courtois in the starting line up as statistics showed that Chelsea are more likely to end up as the winning side if he is the man between the sticks.
Courtois, who has been missing from the team sheet for the last 17 games due to a knee injury, made a comeback against AFC Bournemouth this weekend, which was their eighth league defeat this season. The Blues will be up against Porto in their next match this Wednesday as they look to seal a berth in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Following this, the London side will travel to the home of the league leaders, Leicester City, on Monday, where Courtois seems pretty hopeful of fetching a positive result. The young Belgian added, “We just have to fight every day, every game. It’s an important week for us. On Wednesday we have to win to make sure we are first [in our group] and qualify [for the knockout stages]. Leicester away will be a difficult game. We knew last year it was not easy there and now they have the confidence and are playing really well. It will be a very tough game, but we are confident we can push on there.”
Chelsea will be missing the likes of John Terry, Ramires and Falcao for their trip to the league leaders, but the Special One will be very glad to have Courtois back in his side as he looks to finally initiate a Chelsea comeback and as far as the Chelsea fans and management are concerned, it’s time that he did.