Courtois: Dealing with the differences

Thibaut Courtois took some comfort from recording another clean sheet yesterday, but overall the keeper was frustrated with our performance against Leicester City.

For the sixth time in eight league games Courtois could not be beaten, with his first-half save to thwart Wilfred Ndidi showcasing the Belgian at his very best. It denied the Foxes a goal Courtois felt they probably deserved.

‘At the end they had 10 men and we could have got the three points, but for 70 minutes they were the better team,’ the keeper analysed.

‘They pressed us better and we had an off day. We were lucky not to concede. They had some good chances, and they were very dangerous. It was not our best game.

‘Leicester had more intensity in the game, more aggression than us, and there is a difference when you’re a bit tired and teams attack you from the start. It’s harder to get into the game.

‘A lot of teams come here to defend, like Southampton and Stoke, and for us it’s easier to get into the game. Leicester started offensively and pressed us very high, and we couldn’t cope with it in the beginning.

‘The clean sheets mean we are defending well even if we conceded some chances,’ Courtois added.

‘Offensively we have to improve a bit but we are training for it, and when we score again we will get more goals.’

After a fourth stalemate of 2018, attention switches back to the FA Cup for Wednesday’s replay against Norwich City. The draw in Norfolk means we continue our run of playing every possible midweek since late August.  

‘We feel a bit tired. Last year we went from week to week, and now we have a lot of games, but I don’t think we can find excuses.

‘We didn’t do ourselves any favours by having that draw against Norwich, otherwise this week could have been a recovery week to get the sharpness back, but we have an important game on Wednesday.

‘There are a lot of tough games coming up and we have to try to stay fresh and sharp and without injuries, and hopefully we can get quickly get three points again.’