Chelsea ace confident over Euro Sport

1 year ago

Thibaut Courtois remains confident that Chelsea will secure a top-four finish and Champions League football next season, despite a recent stumble.

Last season’s champions have lost three of their last four Premier League games, which has seen them slip to fifth in the table.

With continuing speculation over Antonio Conte’s future and with some key games coming up, there are several pundits questioning whether the Blues will qualify for Europe’s top club competition.

Following Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester United, Chelsea now face a London derby this weekend when they play host to a Crystal Palace team that need the points in the battle to avoid the drop.

Then they face a trip to the Nou Camp to face Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League tie on March 10, before facing Leicester in the FA Cup at the King Power Stadium on March 18.

Even though Chelsea’s form has been frustratingly inconsistent, their first-choice goalkeeper remains upbeat about their chances of making the top four.

Courtois stated on the club’s website: “City are obviously far away but for the second, third and fourth spot there are five teams so it will be hard until the last match of the season.

“But I think we have enough quality as we saw on Sunday and we showed it against Barcelona. I think we are a very good team but there are some other good teams around us as well.”

Chelsea have some big games still to come in the run in, with Conte’s men still to face top-four rivals Tottenham and Liverpool in April and May.