Courtois: Good spirit
news Mon 8 Feb 2016
Thibaut Courtois has stressed the importance of turning draws into victories as we attempt to climb the Premier League table.
The goalkeeper and his opposite number, David De Gea, were key performers in yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United, with both players making crucial saves at various times in the game.
The Blues came from behind to earn a point courtesy of Diego Costa’s 91st-minute equaliser after Jesse Lingard had given the visitors the lead.
‘After their goal we had some chances and in the end we scored, so it was a good draw,' he said. 'Obviously we wanted to win but sometimes you have to take a point. We had a positive reaction after going 1-0 down.
‘The game at Old Trafford was one where the goalkeepers were very important and so was yesterday, we try to help our teams and that’s what we did.
‘In the first half and up until their goal it was me making more saves but at the end De Gea made some good saves. I think the one when it was 1-1 (from Diego Costa) was the best one.
‘It’s obviously very good that we’re fighting back to get these draws against good sides like Manchester United and Everton, it’s good for the spirit of the team, but we want to win games.’
Yesterday’s result extended our unbeaten run to 11 matches, but in the league we have now drawn four of our last five.
‘We’ve had too many draws to climb the table,’ acknowledged Courtois. ‘In other games, like against Watford and West Brom, we should have won, so it’s a pity because we could have maybe been ninth or eighth but we are where we are.
‘The Newcastle game next week is a very important one where we have to get the three points. We’ve had too many draws at Stamford Bridge and the supporters deserve a victory.
‘After that we play in the Champions League and FA Cup against two great sides (Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City) and we have to try to win those games because the only way to save our season is to reach the final in one or both of them.’
The game against Paris Saint-Germain, which takes place in the French capital next Tuesday, will be a real test of our credentials and Courtois believes we can get the better of the Ligue 1 leaders.
‘The confidence is good, in the last three or four games we’ve barely conceded a goal,’ he said.
‘We have the confidence to go to PSG and win the game; we know it’s really difficult, last year we had a really tough game there but we want to get a good result to bring back to Stamford Bridge and finish it here.’