Courtois: “Confidence back, but top four is not possible for Chelsea”

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admits that a top-finish is out of reach for the Blues this season.

The Belgian, however, insists that under interim manager Guus Hiddink, Chelsea are again playing with confidence.

The West London club lost nine of their first 16 league fixtures under former manager Jose Mourinho, but following the arrival of Dutch manager, they are unbeaten in eight games.

Courtois claims that the Blues have a lot to fight for this season as they are still competing in the FA Cup and the Champions League. He concedes that FA Cup is the most realistic opportunity for the Blues to end the season with silverware, with the current league champions hosting Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in the next round of the FA Cup.

“Now things are changing, we are playing well, and we want to end the season well,” he told exclusively to Soccer Saturday.

“Realistically, we want to try and win the FA Cup, but the draw we got against City will be almost like a final.

“The Champions League is a hard one, but in the Premier League we have to climb the table, and sixth or seventh is quite close.

“The top four is very difficult, as it is already like 14 or 15 points.

“There are four teams competing for the title, so we know they won’t drop a lot of points. We want to get as high as possible, but top four is not realistic anymore.”

The 23-year old, who spent the first half of the season recovering from a leg injury, revealed that the change in his club’s form is down to the minor tweaks employed by Hiddink since his arrival at the club.

He added: “A lot of players have improved their game. Some of the team were struggling to find their form from last year, which has been the main problem all season.

“The Premier League is very difficult, and if you are not at your top level, then you won’t win games. A few players have reached that level again, and we have started winning games.

“Hiddink has adjusted some small details, he has not changed a lot. On the training pitch, he has restored a bit of confidence. He has had some talks with the players, and that has helped.”

Chelsea are currently placed 13th in the league table and will welcome Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.


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