Courtois: Quality is there
news Mon 21 Dec 2015
Thibaut Courtois believes the team reacted to a tough couple of days in the best possible manner on Saturday against Sunderland, and says now is the time to look forward.
The Belgian started for the Blues in our comfortable 3-1 win over the Black Cats at Stamford Bridge, a fixture which came just two days after former manager Jose Mourinho departed the club.
Early goals from Branislav Ivanovic and Pedro set us on our way, and Oscar added a third from the penalty spot in the second half.
‘The first half was very good for us, we played really well,’ said Courtois. ‘It was a good performance and we needed that.
‘Obviously when a manager goes it’s a difficult situation. Everybody is sad about what happened because we haven’t played well and won games, so we have to react and do better. Saturday’s game was a bit better and obviously we won as well.’
Despite the fact results have been disappointing this season, the goalkeeper says there has been no lack of effort from the players during matches.
‘Obviously we don’t play to lose but we are responsible as well, we have top players so we shouldn’t be 15th in the league,’ said Courtois.
‘We always wanted to play well but sometimes things turn out differently and the board took a decision. We know as a group we have to do better but we’ve started well and hopefully we can win the next game.
‘For all of us, there are times when we haven’t been at our best but everybody was at a good level against Sunderland. You can see the quality is there.’
Shortly before Saturday’s game it was announced Guus Hiddink, who led us to FA Cup glory in 2009 during his first spell at the club, would be taking charge until the end of the season.
‘He was here before, he did very well and I think he’s a very good manager,’ said Courtois.
‘Hopefully together we can climb back up the table and we’re looking forward to starting working with him.
‘We know we have to react, we’ve started well and have to move forward. Whatever has happened stays in the past and now we want to work hard with the new manager to get a good result against Watford.’
There is still plenty to play for this season, with the Blues involved in two cup competitions and looking to improve on our current league position. Courtois feels it’s important, for now, to go game by game.
‘We saw last year that we have a lot of quality, we were champions because of that,’ he said.
‘I don’t think a lot has changed since then. We, as a club and players, are used to being at the top of the table, so hopefully step by step we can climb back up and see where we finish at the end of the season.’