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Courtois: Increasing the gap

Thibaut Courtois believes yesterday’s victory over Hull City sets us up nicely for our next two Premier League fixtures – back-to-back matches against Liverpool and Arsenal.

It was a productive weekend for Antonio Conte’s side as all of the chasing pack, apart from the Gunners, failed to win.

Diego Costa and Gary Cahill were on target for the Blues as we overcame Marco Silva’s side to go eight points clear at the top of the Premier League, and while it was by no means our best display of the season, Courtois felt the result was all that mattered.

‘We knew it would be hard, they’ve changed their manager and it’s harder for other teams to beat them as well,’ said the Belgian. ‘Manchester United found it tough against them, they won against Bournemouth and they came with a plan so it wasn’t easy. I don’t think we played our best game but we are pleased to get the three points.

‘We wanted to win more games after the Tottenham result, and before we play Liverpool and Arsenal. Now we have a big gap, hopefully we can win against them and put ourselves further away.’

The Chelsea goalkeeper was full of praise for team-mate Diego Costa, who returned from injury to lead the line.

The striker, making his 100th appearance for the club, produced another impressive display and scored his 15th goal of the season to give us the lead.

‘We were very calm about it because we knew what was going on with Diego,’ said Courtois.

‘Speculation in the press is for the outside and maybe other teams find that stuff pleasing when it comes out. But we knew it was just a minor injury and sometimes you have to sit out one game. Yesterday he was back, fit and scored a goal so it was good.

‘There was too much talk last week for him. He was just calm, working hard in training and he showed that in the game.’

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