Courtois: Individual Errors Cost Us The Game

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has claimed that that individual errors lead  to their 3-0 loss to Barcelona in the second-leg round of 16 UEFA Champions League clash at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night.

Courtois was twice nutmegged by Lionel Messi either side of Ousmane Dembele’s rifling shot for a  fantastic victory for the Catalans.

The victory saw Barcelona Advance into the quarter-finals 4-1 on aggregate after the first-leg ended 1-1.

“Individual mistakes cost us in both legs,” the Belgian told Chelsea official website. “For the first goal, I didn’t expect the shot from Messi, and I was too late to close my legs, so it’s a mistake on my part and it’s not nice to start the evening like that. The others were missed passes and we paid for them, they scored from our mistakes.

“Apart from that we defended well, tried to play well and we had chances. We hit the [woodwork] twice, it was a bit unlucky but the individual mistakes cost us. We have to be honest about that, continue working and try to win on Sunday in the FA Cup because that’s the only silverware we might get this season.”

Courtois admitted Wednesday night was not the first time he would be nutmegged by Messi, that he had conceded goals like that from the Argentine during his time at Atletico Madrid.

He said:”Obviously I played against him a lot of times and conceded goals through my legs from him before. A goalkeeper like me, I am two metres, it’s maybe the weakest part, because there is always a space between.

“It’s annoying but I have to come out, say I made a mistake, I made some good saves as well, and it’s unlucky to go out to goals from mistakes. We just have to work hard and continue.”

Thibaut Courtois Set For Chelsea Contract Talks Despite Interest In Madrid

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will will discuss new contract talks this month despite admitting that his “heart lies in Madrid”.

The 25-year-old, whose current contract terminates next summer, has been targeted by the European Champions.

And Courtois admits the lure of a return to the Spanish capital would be difficult to desist because he had a three-year spell with the Real’s city rivals Atletico – he spent three years at Real’s city rivals and he also has his children over in Spain.

Speaking to Belgian publication Sport/Foot Magazine, Courtois said: “We (Chelsea) agreed to meet again in February because the club had more urgent issues to deal with in January.

“I am under contract until 2019. Normally, there is no problem, I will (extend). I am happy here and I see a direction that still wants to win a lot of titles.

“My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid. My two children live there with their mum. I have my daughter every day on FaceTime.

“Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to make a return trip to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid.

“I do not know (if there is interest from Real). If they want me, they have to contact Chelsea. We’ll see. But they never did it.

“What is certain is that I will one day return to Madrid. I love Spain, I loved the city, I spent three wonderful years there.

“If Real is really interested, my personal situation could affect (it), yes. The family aspect, it is priceless.

“But I repeat to you that, for the moment, I’m busy talking to Chelsea to extend.”

Courtois and his Chelsea team-mates are currently on a three-day break from training and will return on Friday to prepare for the home match against West Brom on February 12.

Manager Antonio Conte found his position in the spotlight following two straight Premier League defeats, including Monday’s 4-1 loss at Watford.

However, Press Association Sport understands there have been no board meetings to discuss the Italian’s future and the club are not in talks with any potential replacements.

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. (

“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.