Chelsea boss Antonio Conte singled out goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for praise after the Belgian stopper helped the Blues to a ‘fantastic’ 3-1 win against Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the first-half and could have been two or three goals ahead at half-time if not for Courtois’ performance.
Instead, Chelsea stayed in the game at 1-0 down and found themselves level after an hour after a superbly taken effort by in-form forward Diego Costa.
Willian and Eden Hazard went on to seal the win to take Chelsea to the top of the league and Conte had praise afterwards for Courtois for his part in the victory.
‘It’s a big win and a big result against a really strong team,’ Conte told ChelseaTV.
‘With the quality of players in their squad I think it’s the most complete in this league. For this reason, I am pleased with the result, and with the players. They showed me great character.
‘We were lucky at the start of the second half because there was one crossbar and a great save from Thibaut [Courtois] to keep the result at 1-0.
‘Then we found great strength to score the goal to draw, and then to score the second goal and the third goal.
‘It’s fantastic this because I repeat, it’s not easy to come here and win this game. Now we have to continue.’