Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois has claimed that he thinks his side could yet defend their title, and that Manchester City could well go on a bad run that sees their lead cut dramatically.
Of course, the majority of people watching Manchester City would concede that would be all but impossible given their form and the way they’re playing, sweeping teams aside convincingly, and even Chelsea boss Antonio Conte himself has admitted his side are not in the title race, and thinks they never really were.
“It’s important to try to keep on winning and pushing forwards,” Courtois told Chelsea TV.
“At the moment City is winning. They are far ahead. But you never know in football. You can have a bad month, three or four games you lose, you lose points.
“We have to be there winning our games, to maybe have a little chance. The season is still long.
“Our main goal, if we cannot be champions, is to be second. We have to keep on winning.
“It’s important to win in the League Cup, to go through to the semi-final. The FA Cup will start in January.
“Champions League we have a tough draw against Barcelona. We are a big team as well. We have chances to win and go further as well.
“We still have a pretty busy season.”
One question that isn’t going away for Courtois is over his future, with the club being concerned he could leave for Real Madrid – or even to return to Atletico Madrid, after making it clear he misses his family who are living in Madrid and wants to spend more time with his children.
Courtois is undoubtedly one of the best keepers in the league, and Chelsea are aware of that fact, and want to get him tied down to a new contract as soon as possible, with the Belgian number one asking for £200,000 per week, to put him on parity with the other top earners at the club.