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Courtois: A scoring striker of strength and skill

Diego Costa continues to make crucial contributions and from his vantage point at the other end of the pitch, Thibaut Courtois remains impressed.

The goalkeeper has shared a dressing room with yesterday’s matchwinner for five years now, following their previous time together at Atletico Madrid, and while he thinks it is hard to say if the striker is in the best form of his career he is just pleased to be watching him in full flow.

‘I remember the year we were champions with Atletico he was very strong, and the year we were champions with Chelsea he was very strong as well,’ Courtois pointed out.

‘This season up to now he has scored very important goals. He’s really strong on the ball as well and he dribbles past defenders like it’s nothing, so he’s very strong at the moment and we can only enjoy that and use him as our strength.

‘It was a rough time for all the team last year but from January or February Diego was already scoring a lot of goals, and he has just carried that form on.’

Indeed 2016 has now yielded 22 goals for the striker, six of which have won us a game. Over the course of this calendar year we can’t have faced many teams as defensively disciplined as West Brom were at the Bridge yesterday. Courtois felt that made the win, secured courtesy of Diego Costa’s thunderous strike, all the sweeter.

‘We are very happy with the points. We had to be patient with our work.

‘I spoke after the game with [his Belgian teammate Nacer] Chadli and he said: “what can we do against a Chelsea who plays so well offensively? Put a good organisation out there and defend well”. That’s what they did and it was really hard to find a gap.

‘The goal came from a little mistake by their defender and Diego scored fantastically. Then they put all their power up with Chadli, Robson-Kanu, Rondon who is so strong in the air, so it was a tough game for us but a very good three points.’