Blues keeper lifts lid on leaky defence.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has explained why his side have not been as solid as expected defensively this season, the London Evening Standard reports.
The Belgian international was known for being part of a rock-solid back four at his previous club Atletico Madrid, where he became regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
However, he has not quite managed to take that form with him to Stamford Bridge this season after becoming the club’s number one in place of Petr Cech, with Chelsea being involved in a number of high-scoring encounters, though this has not worsened their results as they sit top of the Premier League table.
Courtois believes the team’s defensive record is not as good as it has been in the past because of a more attacking style deployed by Jose Mourinho this season, and added that he is not concerned if he is not always keeping clean sheets as long as the side are winning games.
The 22-year-old used the example of a time with Atletico when the team drew 0-0 three games in a row, saying he prefers to make important saves in 4-2 or 6-3 wins like the ones over Swansea City and Everton respectively this season.
“The main goal is to win,” he said. “During my good run at Atletico, we had three games in a row where it was 0-0.
“It’s nice not to concede, but if you don’t win then it doesn’t make sense. I am not happy when I let three goals in, like I did against Everton [Chelsea still won 6-3] but at Chelsea we play more offensive football than I experienced at Atletico.
“Winning is all that counts. If I make a big save at 3-2 and we win 4-2 then I am happy.”