Chelsea Can Overhaul City – Courtois

Manchester City look to be in an “unstoppable” run of form but Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says there is plenty of time for the London club to reel the leaders in and retain their Premier League title.

City took the early lead in the title race last season and was eight points ahead of Chelsea after the opening six games before Antonio Conte’s team went on a 13-game winning run to climb to first place seal the league trophy.

This season, Pep Guardiola’s team have a nine-point advantage over Chelsea but Courtois said City might lose steam as the season goes on.

“Last year we were eight points behind City at one stage and then we went on a winning run. I hope we can do the same,” Courtois told the club’s website. (www.chelseafc.com)

“We have to hope now they drop points. At the moment they are a bit unstoppable, they are playing very well and scoring goals.

“But the season is very long, they could have injuries, play a bit worse and lose some games. We have to be there and keep winning our games.”

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte also dismissed media reports linking him to AC Milan after Sunday’s win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea returns to league action after the international break with a trip to West Bromwich Albion on November 18.

 

 

 

Source: SuperSport

Chelsea’s Goalkeeper Says Batshuayi Need Time To Prove self

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has urged patience regarding fellow Belgian Michy Batshuayi.

Courtois is convinced Batshuayi has the ability to prove himself Chelsea class.

He told Reporters: “I think sometimes it is too easy to criticise somebody. When you join a team like Chelsea people expect a lot of goals straight away.

“Michy is young and he needs to be given time. Not every striker will have the same impact at the same time.

“But he is doing well, he has scored some important goals. Obviously, he has to keep on working and doing what the manager asks of him.

“But sometimes he has played in games where as a team we haven’t had enough possession or we can’t reach him well enough.”

Courtois also spoke of Batshuayi’s strop during the defeat at Crystal Palace.

He added: “After Crystal Palace, people criticised him and that is not easy. He showed a lot of spirits to come back from that.

“When he came off against Palace, I don’t think he was reacting towards the coach as some have made out, but he was just disappointed with his game, that he couldn’t make an impact.

“So it is good that he worked hard during the following week and tried to fight again. He had another opportunity against Watford, scored twice and that’s important.