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Belgium News: Courtois confident of World Cup glory

9 months ago

In the latest Belgium news, Thibaut Courtois is confident his side can go all the way and win the World Cup later this summer.

The Chelsea stopper is widely expected to be the starting keeper for Belgium in Russia as they try to live up to their potential this year.

Roberto Martinez’s men will play England, Tunisia and Panama in Group G but Belgium have disappointed on the big stage in recent times.

Les Diables Rouges were knocked out of Euro 2016 at the quarter-final stage by Wales, while they were also knocked out of the 2014 World Cup at the same stage.

Despite their recent results, Courtois is confident his team can make history in Russia.

He told reporters: “If we don’t think we can win it, we should not go to a World Cup. If you are going to it then it is to go all the way, not to end up in the last 16 or the quarter-finals. That is our ambition. Everyone wants to go for it. It is also the time to do that. But you have plenty of countries that want the same thing.”

The 26-year-old admits he is also looking to end the season with a domestic trophy, as Chelsea prepare to take on Manchester United at Wembley.

Chelsea have endured a miserable campaign under Antonio Conte but a win would see the pressure lifted off of his shoulders.

He added: “I have already won the League Cup. That’s a nice trophy but the FA Cup has more prestige. As a player, you always want to win prizes.

“I think I played a good season. Sometimes there were bad moments but overall I have had good matches. I feel good and I think I did well in the last match.”

Belgium are considered one of the favourites for the World Cup and Coral have priced them at 10/1 to go all the way this summer.