Courtois: Helping the defence

Thibaut Courtois says our performance away at Stoke earlier in the season will serve us well going into tomorrow’s game against Mark Hughes’s side.

The Blues will look to extend our lead at the top of the table when we welcome the Potters to Stamford Bridge, our first game since the 3-2 victory at Hull which preceded the international break.

Back in December, goals from John Terry and Cesc Fabregas secured a 2-0 victory at the Brittania Stadium, on a night when Jose Mourinho’s side dealt with Stoke’s physical, direct approach in an impressive manner.

‘We handled it very well, so I'm sure they will play the same and I hope I can come for the crosses as I did there,’ Courtois told the official club newsletter. ‘Of course now they know also in that moment I came for the crosses so they will maybe put one or two guys on me.

‘Maybe it will be harder, but of course I have to try to help the team on that aspect because with the tall Peter Crouch it's not easy for the defenders to win headers against him, so I have to help the defence. I hope I can do that.’

The visitors will look to utilise the aerial ability of Crouch in the final third, and Courtois acknowledged the threat posed by the striker, who recently equalled Alan Shearer’s record of headed goals in the Premier League.

‘You know he is dangerous on crosses and corners so you have to approach it a little bit differently,’ the goalkeeper said.

‘Maybe I will have to come for more crosses to shut down the danger and help the defenders in front of me.’

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