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Courtois: we want to go far

25/10/2017

This interview was originally published on Chelseafc.com. It has been altered for BridgeKids.

As the Blues rev up for tonight's match against Everton in the League Cup, the official Chelsea website talked to star 'keeper Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian shotstopper knows that, even though Everton have had a bad run of form, they will be tough opponents in today's match.

‘It’s a cup, and with any cup you want to win it,’ said Courtois.

‘You want to go far. With injuries, maybe we don’t have the possibility to rotate a lot so we will have to see what team the manager puts out, but I don’t think it’s a moment to relax.

‘It’s a different kind of pressure than the Champions League, where we are doing well and we want to stay top of the group. In the Premier League we have to fight to keep on winning games and the Carabao Cup is something else, so we must try to do our best and go far.

‘Everton have been struggling at the moment. I don’t think they are playing badly but they have conceded some sloppy goals, and other teams have had more luck, but the Premier League is hard. This is another competition, though, and they will be ready to win it.’

Looking back on the Blues' performance against Watford in the Premier League, Courtois pointed out that it showed his team's passion.

‘When a top team has a few bad results the first thing they [the media] try to say is that the players are not happy and we’re not behind the coach, but against Watford you saw we fought for every moment and we fought when we were down, so everybody can see we’re behind the coach,’ he said.

‘Those rumours are easy to spread but I don’t think they are true. If somebody is unhappy, instead of going to the press I think they would say it internally, so it’s not true.

‘First of all, it’s the players that have to do it on the pitch so it was important to win, to fight. At the moment it’s more running, fighting and battling for every ball than maybe the best football.’