This is why we concede more goals, reveals Chelsea star Courtois

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Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed why he is conceding more goals than he did at Atletico Madrid.

Courtois kept his second successive clean sheet when the Blues defeated Sporting CP 1-0 on Tuesday night, having also not conceded against Aston Villa in the Premier League.

He has kept just one other clean sheet in eight games this season, against Leicester City, with his ratio of three clean sheets in eight the lowest he has achieved in his career, except for his spell as a teenager at Racing Genk in his homeland.

He has so far kept clean sheets in just 38% of his appearances for the Blues, whereas he kept them in 48% of games for Atletico Madrid, and continues to hold an incredible 57% in games for the Belgium national team.

Having returned to Chelsea this summer, after three years in Madrid, many thought that Courtois would shore up an already assured Blues defence, with Jose Mourinho’s men conceding just 27 goals in 38 Premier League games last season. Having such a good goalkeeper could only improve a team led by the incredibly defensive Mourinho, but Courtois told Belgian media outlet HLN.be that he doesn’t mind conceding goals - when the team is still winning.

"I'm not so concerned with that zero. The main goal is still to win.

"In my best period in Atlético, we played three games in a row 0-0. It's nice when a goalkeeper holds that zero, but with a scoreless draw you often shoot little.”

And the absence of 0-0 draws has been the largest difference between the 22-year-old’s spells with Atletico and Chelsea, with the Blues a much more offensive team - resulting in less clean sheets.

He added: "I'm not satisfied when I concede three goals, as against Everton.

“But I have a feeling that we play more offensively at Chelsea than at Atlético.”

The more offensive style of play is certainly a joy to watch, and Courtois will surely be doing all he can to aid the new style with clean sheets as Chelsea look to clinch domestic and European glory.

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