Courtois: Gaining confidence
news Wed 20 Aug 2014
Thibaut Courtois believes Petr Cech is the perfect player to learn from as his career in English football gets underway.
The Belgian goalkeeper, who returned to Stamford Bridge from a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid in the summer, made his full debut for the Blues in Monday night’s win at Burnley. He made one outstanding stop from Scott Arfield early in the second half and looked assured throughout the contest.
‘It’s nice Jose Mourinho put his faith in me and now it’s up to me, in training and in games, to work hard, play well and gain the confidence of my team-mates and the manager,’ said Courtois.
‘There is always pressure to perform well, when you play for a top team there is pressure to win matches and be an important player, I’m trying to do that with every game.’
Cech has enjoyed a wonderful career at the club since making his debut 10 years ago, and Courtois will have no hesitation in tapping into the 32-year-old’s knowledge when the need arises.
‘In training I can still learn from him because he has a lot of experience,’ said Courtois. ‘He can give me some tips about the Premier League because there are some things I might not know.
‘From the start he’s been very nice to me, we are training well and he’s proving he’s a great goalkeeper.’
The match itself saw the Blues come from behind to take all three points, with the three goals scored taking us to the top of the Premier League table after the opening weekend’s round of fixtures.
‘When you play against a team who have come up from a lower division they are used to winning games,’ said Courtois. ‘With the home crowd, they put the pressure on and scored early but we had a good reaction and scored three goals.
‘In the second half it wasn’t easy to control the game but they only had one shot on goal.'