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Chelsea Teammate: Courtois Can Be The Best Ever

Chelsea star Filipe Luis has claimed that his teammate Thibaut Courtois could go down as the greatest goalkeeper of all time, having watched his development closely over the last few years.

Luis even believes that Courtois is already a complete goalkeeper, showing the extent to which he rates him as a stopper.

Courtois is something of a new signing at Chelsea, returning to Stamford Bridge this summer having spent three seasons on loan with Atletico Madrid.

Last season, with Atletico, Courtois reached the Champions League final and aided his team in a sensational title victory in La Liga, beating both Real Madrid and Barcelona to the crown.

Courtois’ return saw him dislodge Petr Cech in net, becoming Jose Mourinho’s first choice goalkeeper almost immediately.

He then signed a new five year deal with the Blues.

Luis played with Courtois at Atletico, and followed him to Chelsea in the summer in a big money move.

The left back told The Sun: “Thibaut’s only 22 years old but, believe me, one day he will not only be the best goalkeeper worldwide, he will be the best goalkeeper ever in football history.

“I have seen the last three years of his development [at Atletico] and for sure he’s ready.

“When he joined Atletico I was amazed by his qualities and especially his maturity.

“And in those three years I have seen him train and play and that admiration for him has only grown.

“Last season Thibaut earned the title of one of the most important players in the world when he made the Fifa FIFPro shortlist.

“He is so complete, I don’t see any minuses, there’s actually nothing he can’t do.

“I just find him amazing. And that gives the defenders like me a lot of confidence.”

Luis added: “When he came to England there were questions about his physical strength and people thought he would find it hard dealing with the high balls.

“But, no, he is always there and we defenders know that, so that’s great for our confidence, too.”

Chelsea Ignore Man Utd’s PL Title Push – Star Stopper

Chelsea are ignoring the challenge of Manchester City and Manchester United for the Premier League title as they push for the title over the course of the season, according to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

While City are close behind the Blues in the table, Chelsea extended the gap between them to three points yesterday with a 2-0 win against Stoke.

As a result, Chelsea head into Christmas day top of the table, and Jose Mourinho, Chelsea’s manager, has never not won a league title after being top of the table over the festive period.

John Terry and Cesc Fabregas scored the goals as the Blues stormed past Mark Hughes’ side.

Courtois returned to Chelsea this summer after an impressive loan spell with Atletico Madrid, where he won La Liga and reached the Champions League final.

He returned to the starting eleven yesterday after three games out with a groin injury.

While he admitted there is pressure, he said the side don’t look at the likes of Man City and Man Utd with fear.

Courtois said: “There is always pressure. City are always right behind us and Manchester United also. We know we have to win, but we try just to look at ourselves.

“We don’t look too much at the other teams behind us. We knew we had to win at Stoke, not just because City won, but for ourselves to keep on going and to win this league.”

5 Reasons Why Chelsea Are Dominating, feat. Winger With Best Take Ons In PL

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Last night’s display against Schalke spoke for a Chelsea side at the top of their game.

The 5-0 victory, away from home, against Roberto Di Matteo’s new team, was the absolute epitome of everything Jose Mourinho has been building since he took charge of Chelsea again last summer.

Unlike other teams in the Mourinho mould, his Chelsea side have graft and beauty in equal measure.

They now head into December, assuming they can manage the next game, undefeated in all competitions and with only one draw in the Premier League, which came away from home against last season’s champions Manchester City, showing the extent to which they are the top dogs in the English top flight.

Here’s why they’ve been so good:

1. Nemanja Matic

Brought back from Benfica for £21 million last January, Matic is the platform on which Chelsea play. He’s a dominating figure in the middle of the park and offers a shield for the back and talent going forward.
Bringing back Matic was arguably Mourinho’s best decision since his return.

2. Cesc Fabregas

An Arsenal hero, yes, but Fabregas will undoubtedly go on to make a bigger impact at Chelsea than he did with the north London side.
He offers creative flair alongside Matic, and the two in tandem are comfortably one of the stronger midfield pairings in the league.

3. Eden Hazard

This is an obvious one, but it’s staggering to think of how good Hazard has actually been this season. He’s scored more than 1 in 3, provides more than two chances a game for his teammates and completes 65.26% of his take ons, with the highest number in the league at 62 take ons.
He’s a genuine star and any team would be lucky to have him.

4. Diego Costa

Diego Costa looks like he eats bullets for breakfast and gunpowder for lunch, then tops it off with a lit match for dinner. He’s a brutal striker, one who scares defenders and backs it up with goal after goal.
He has 11 goals in only 10 games in the Premier League – what more could you ask for from a striker?

5. The Defence And Courtois

Mourinho’s sides are famed for their ability to keep out the opposition, but with more attacking drive in the team this could have fallen by the wayside.
It is to the credit of the defence and Thibaut Courtois, freshly returned from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid, that this has not happened. Courtois often displays moments of individual shot stopping brilliance when it looks inevitable that an opponent will score.
This is, in part, why Chelsea have the second best defensive record in the league, behind only surprise package Southampton. They’ve conceded only 11 goals.