Thibaut Courtois explains why Chelsea can win Premier League

The Blues goalkeeper is confident Chelsea can win the Premier League due to strong form away from home.

Courtois continued his record of starting every Premier League game for Chelsea since his return to Stamford Bridge, as the Blues defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday.

Despite being reduced to 10 men in the first half, goals from Oscar and Cesc Fabregas took the result away from the Eagles, and Fraizer Campbell’s late goal was nothing more than a consolation.

The Belgian stopper conceded his first goal for the Blues in four games, having kept clean sheets against Aston Villa, Sporting CP and Arsenal, and, although he is disappointed to have not continued his impressive goalkeeping displays, the 22-year-old believes that Jose Mourinho’s men controlled the game after netting the first goal.

Speaking to the official Chelsea website, Courtois said: "For the first five or six minutes, until we scored the goal, they were dangerous, but from then we controlled the game.

“In the second half they weren’t pressing us so we had a lot of the ball. When they scored there were still four minutes to play, and you never know what can happen. Maybe we should have kept a clean sheet but we played well.”

Having remained undefeated eight games into the Premier League season, the Blues have won every game except for the 1-1 draw at Manchester City. It was the away form experienced by Chelsea last season that knocked them out of the title race, and Courtois believes that impressive away showings are the key to winning the division - especially against the likes of Crystal Palace.

He added: “To win the league it’s important to win your away games, against teams like Crystal Palace. If you’re not doing that it’s really hard to be champions. We are doing that so hopefully we can continue.”

It was the 1-0 loss at Selhurst Park last season that proved the Blues were not up to the ability of eventual league champions Manchester City, and the 2-1 victory this season may just have certified the West Londoners credentials as true title contenders.

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