Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Courtois: “We will fight for Antonio Conte”


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will have the full support of his players to help him avoid suffering a similar fate as that of Jose Mourinho two years back, the Premier League champions’ goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said.

Chelsea ended a three-match winless streak with a league win over Watford last weekend, but the build-up to that game was clouded by speculation about Conte’s future, with reports suggesting the players were unhappy with his training methods.

Courtois compared the situation to that of Mourinho, who won the league in 2014-15 but was sacked the following season after a poor run of results. “We are ready to fight for the coach. We’ll definitely fight,” Courtois said.

“I remember what happened two years ago under Jose Mourinho and things started to be said. There were stories about the dressing room without knowing what was happening.

“We are happy to show that we are ready to fight. We all know what would have happened if we had lost against Watford.”

Courtois, 25, dismissed reports regarding player unrest over the manager’s training methods. “Every manager has his own routine. With Antonio, we do a lot of tactical sessions and drills It’s not as if we don’t like to train.#Fourth-placed Chelsea face Everton in the League Cup fourth round on Wednesday before travelling to 19th-placed Bournemouth in the league on Saturday.

Courtois not taking Everton test lightly

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has insisted that he is not taking his side’s Carabao Cup game against Everton lightly, the Daily Mail reports.

The Blues are gearing up to take on the Toffees just days after they sacked Ronald Koeman, following a treacherous start to the Premier League season. David Unsworth will take the reins for the game against Chelsea, and will be keen for his men to put in a strong performance.

“With injuries, maybe we don’t have the possibility to rotate a lot so we will have to see what team the manager puts out, but I don’t think it’s a moment to relax.

“It’s a different kind of pressure than the Champions League, where we are doing well and we want to stay top of the group.”

Losing a manager can often have a negative effect on a team, but Courtois believes this will not be the case, and has insisted that Chelsea must be on top form if they are to progress into the quarter finals of the competition.

“In the Premier League we have to fight to keep on winning games and the Carabao Cup is something else, so we must try to do our best and go far.”

Courtois believes that despite Everton finding themselves in the bottom three of the Premier League, they have not been playing too badly.

“Everton have been struggling at the moment. I don’t think they are playing badly but they have conceded some sloppy goals, and other teams have had more luck, but the Premier League is hard. This is another competition, though, and they will be ready to win it.”

Chelsea will now look to build on Saturday’s 4-2 win over Watford in the Premier League.

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