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Courtois: Running on

Thibaut Courtois assessed our title credentials after we extended our winning sequence to seven games at the weekend, and the keeper also praised the impact of a team-mate operating at the other end of the pitch.

For the first time in more than two months in a Chelsea shirt, Courtois had to pick the ball out of his net as Tottenham went ahead through a fine Christian Eriksen strike, but Pedro matched the quality of that goal with one of his own shortly before the break, and we seized the initiative after it to ultimately get the better of our neighbours.

That meant yet another victory and the perfect preparation for the tricky test that awaits us at Manchester City on Saturday. Courtois is hopeful of a positive outcome there, but explained why the subsequent away fixtures are arguably more important in the grand scheme of things. 

‘We are taking it match by match,’ the Belgian said. ‘It’s quite hard to keep a run going in this league but after the couple of matches we lost we have won seven in a row which is very good.

‘Now we are going to Man City to try and get another result, and then after it the next away games are at Sunderland and Crystal Palace, and it is games like those that decide if you are going to be champions or not.

‘You can win big matches even if you’re not having a good season, because it is a big match or a derby, but it is the smaller matches against difficult adversaries that you will see if you are going to be champions or not.’

One man pivotal to our hopes of winning the league is Diego Costa. The striker already has 10 goals to his name this season, and though he didn’t net on Saturday he once again led the line superbly, which including teeing up Victor Moses’s winner.

‘Since January he has scored a lot of goals even when the team were not having a great season,’ Courtois analysed.

‘And this year he is strong, he has movement, he always tests the opposition defence, and for the second goal it was a great move from him and a nice assist for Moses.’ 

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