Chelsea FC manager heaps praise on Thibaut Courtois after PSG draw
Courtois produces stunning performance in goal for Chelsea at Parc des Princes
February 18th, 2015
Chelsea are in pole position to qualify for the quarter final stage of the Champions League after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain.
Branislav Ivanovic gave the Blues an early lead and, even though Edinson Cavani scored an equaliser for PSG, the Premier League side have an away goal to their name which could make all the different in a fortnight’s time.
Thibaut Courtois ensured that the scoreline remained level on Tuesday night and the Belgian was highly praised by Jose Mourinho after the encounter, with the keeper having last season helped Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final.
Asked specifically whether the Belgian had saved his team, he added: “Yes. Phenomenal. He made two or three important saves in the game. But this was a difficult opponent and my team gave everything. Many times you know an injured player who cannot play. Most of the times you don’t know the players who have problems and try, with the medical staff and technical department, to play.
“Since the Everton game, [Eden] Hazard, Willian, Oscar, [Cesc] Fàbregas and Ivanovic didn’t train. They did some individual training to try and keep running and moving but they didn’t play a full part in training.
“They came out to [open] training on Monday because they wanted to show they were ready. They tried to give their best but Fàbregas has had three days in bed with a high temperature and there were injured guys without training … We felt that a little in the second half, when Paris were closer to winning the game than Chelsea.”