Thibaut Courtois believes, the shock of the loss, served on the opening day of the season against Burnley defending as a Wake-up call for Chelsea in their bid to the Premier League and the champions of evidence to demonstrate their pedigree with victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The victory in Wembley stadium, declined to defend the fear of a repeat of Chelsea’s last title, the unraveled so spectacularly under JosÃ© Mourinho in the year 2015. Antonio Conte, while still frustrated over the lack of progress in player recruitment, celebrated its side, the mind and character, both in the second half against Burnley â€“ if the technicians lose again, 3-2, despite the reduction to nine men â€“ and with a decimated lineup against the Spurs.
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“What show happened last week, it would be the same as [two years ago],” Courtois said. â€œWe just started badly against Burnley. Perhaps we needed, as a group, a small wake to say up call: ‘Look, we need to’ 150% this year, and not 100%. We gave against Tottenham, and I think we did very well. You will see that we can win in the end, these tough games.
â€œI remember two years ago, we had to go to Manchester City and lost there, and it was a difficult start for us. Now, this victory is a good one. Next, we play at home against Everton to do well. We don’t have the easiest start, but this victory is good for the confidence to continue the hard work we do in training.
â€œWe have worked very hard in the preseason and it was a bit of a shame that we stopped had and injured players, and some of the other players left when the season began, so it is not easy for us. Sunday’s victory was important to show that we work as a team very well and in the next few weeks, we can continue in this manner. We know the work pays off.
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â€œThe Premier League is a long marathon, not a sprint of a month or two. Let’s see, from game to game, and then in may, hopefully we are there to win the League. If not, we try to be as close as possible.”
Chelsea tried to recruit at least three players on the, what remains of the window, with interest Danny Drinkwater maintained in the case of Leicester City, Everton’s Ross Barkley, Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Virgil van Dijk of Southampton and Antonio Candreva of Internazionale.
“We said, trying to work hard and maybe, after the international break, we know what our full squad,” Courtois. “Maybe we can build on that, play a great year and win trophies, by the end of the season.”
Courtois said Tottenham had hit a microphone on a drum from the home fans during the first half and was unimpressed at the attempts to manufacture an atmosphere. To play â€œhere, feel differently. If you make more noise, it would be better for you, but, in the first half, if you make some noise through the speakers, a little atmosphere, I believe that it works very well,” he said.
â€œIn the second half they were to Wake up by pressing and 70,000 people began to â€“ there are obviously more than the 40,000 at White Hart Lane. The only difference is they are more separated from the pitch than at White Hart Lane, if you feel more pressure when you press the game field is smaller, which is probably better for you.
“I think it is a small advantage that we can have spiritually, because we won here in the FA Cup semi-final against them as well, so that is good.”