Thibaut Courtois admits that he is already dreaming about winning the Champions League with Chelsea.
The Belgian stopper came ever so close to lifting the trophy last season with Atletico Madrid on loan and he admits that he wants to go one step further now he has returned to his parent club.
Last season Atleti were cruelly beaten in extra-time by city rivals Real Madrid in the final, with Courtois playing a starring role in getting them to the showcase occasion, but rather than being haunted by his past the 22-year-old insists it provides him with motivation.
"Of course not every player gets the opportunity that I had,"Courtois said to Chelsea's official site. ‘So it’s normal to think about it and to hope to win it this year.
"The team as a group is strong and works well together, but if you look at everyone individually all the players are at the top level. We’ve had a good start to the season and we need to continue this way."
Chelsea have started their campaign with a draw against Schalke and a win against Sporting Lisbon and it has already put them in a commanding position in the group.
The Blues were made to work for their victory against a resilient Sporting outfit, but it was a victory that will come as a welcome relief after a faltering start in the competition at home to Schalke.
Chelsea could have won the game against the Portuguese far more comfortably had they taken their ample chances, but Courtois insists that the side were happy to pick up the three points - even if it was closer than it should have been.
‘We had chances. It’s not always as easy as it looks," he explained. "The pitch was quite sandy and bouncy which makes it more difficult. Sporting had a few good moments but in general we were okay.’
"We are a top team and we need to be first in the group. After drawing our first game in the Champions League at home we had to get that first win and we’ve done that now.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game. Our priority was to win the game and the instructions from the coach were clear in that direction."
Chelsea are still unbeaten this season and they will be looking to keep that run up when they take on Arsenal this weekend.