Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois targets perfection in pursuit of title

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois remains upbeat as they seek to preserve their 'bonus' at the top of the Premier League standings.

After seeing one unbeaten run come to a close, Chelsea are looking to open another.

The sign of true champions is how you react to setbacks, and the Blues suffered their first Premier League reversal of the season at Newcastle United on Saturday.

It some ways, a 2-1 defeat at St James’ Park may actually prove to be of benefit to the Stamford Bridge outfit, as it ends talk of replicating the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ of a decade ago.

Focus can be shifted to ensuring that there are no more wobbles, both domestically and in Champions League competition.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is among those buying into that way of thinking.

He admits Chelsea are ‘disappointed’ to have come unstuck on Tyneside, but insists Jose Mourinho’s men are ready to get back down to business and will be targeting perfection from this point on.

The Belgium international told Chelsea TV: “That's the most important thing, that we are still leaders and from the next game on, we will fight to keep that bonus up and make the gap bigger.

“There are only difficult games in the Premier League and we know that. The next game is in the Champions League at home and then against Hull, we have to win in front of our fans.”

He added: “Obviously we are disappointed with the result. We tried our best to win this game, and it was a hard game. We were a little bit unlucky.

“At 2-0, it's harder. We tried to fight back, we scored to make it 2-1, but then the ball wouldn't fall right for us and we couldn't draw this game and maybe then win it, so obviously we are disappointed.

“But we will work hard again tomorrow in training to win the following games. Everybody worked hard and gave it all on the pitch to win this game, but we know here it is difficult and we went down against them.

“It was a hard game, but we have to stay positive. We are still leaders, but we know these games to be champions you have to win, so from the next game on, we will try our best to win all the games if possible.”

Winning every game from here on in may be slightly ambitious, but you have to shoot for the stars if you are to secure major honours.

Chelsea can take comfort from the fact that they remain three points clear at the Premier League summit and remain firm favourites to recapture the top-flight crown in the eyes of many.

Mourinho will, however, be aware that December is now shaping up to be a crucial month, with important league fixtures sandwiched between another European outing and a Capital One Cup quarter-final clash with Derby County.

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