Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has played down the title implications of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Manchester City.
The Belgium goalkeeper believes the Blues must show their ruthless streak in the fixtures which follow the City clash, against West Brom, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Stoke.
Chelsea’s win over Tottenham on Saturday was their seventh successive Premier League victory.
The run has led many to suggest the title could be between the Blues and Pep Guardiola’s City, who are one point behind Antonio Conte’s leaders and level on points with second-placed Liverpool.
Courtois said on chelseafc.com: “Now we are going to Man City to try and get another result, and then after it the next away games are at Sunderland and Crystal Palace, and it is games like those that decide if you are going to be champions or not.
“You can win big matches even if you’re not having a good season, because it is a big match or a derby, but it is the smaller matches against difficult adversaries that you will see if you are going to be champions or not.”
One man pivotal to our hopes of winning the league is Diego Costa. The striker already has 10 goals to his name this season, and though he didn’t net on Saturday he once again led the line superbly, which including teeing up Victor Moses’s winner.
‘Since January he has scored a lot of goals even when the team were not having a great season,’ Courtois analysed.
‘And this year he is strong, he has movement, he always tests the opposition defence, and for the second goal it was a great move from him and a nice assist for Moses.’