Fiji Time: 2:41 AM on Friday 23 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Archives » Article Index

Courtois backs Conte after defeat

Reuters
Thursday, February 08, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea players remain supportive of manager Antonio Conte despite suffering a second successive three-goal defeat in the Premier League on Monday, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said.

Five days after losing 3-0 at home to Bournemouth, Chelsea's defence of their league title hit a new low when they were beaten 4-1 at Watford.

The result left them fourth in the table, 19 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, and increased the pressure already mounting on their Italian manager.

"We believe in him and we believe in our team. We have two bad results and we just try to get back, regroup and just continue," Courtois told club's website (www.chelseafc.com).

"Obviously we are disappointed with the two results we have had in the last week, obviously it is not good, but we have to regroup in training, have heads high and continue the hard work and just continue what we were doing.

"We have now two bad losses but we are a team with the manager, and everyone is positive about that, and we will try to do our best to win next week."

Chelsea were reduced to 10 men against Watford when Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off after half an hour and they fell behind to Troy Deeney's penalty 12 minutes later.

Eden Hazard equalised eight minutes from time, but late goals from Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra condemned Chelsea to back-to-back three-goal defeats for the first time since 1995.

"We showed that we wanted to fight, even with 10 men, and that shows we have character, but when you lose twice like that, it is not good and there are questions raised, but we go back to training with the manager, and training well and turn this situation around," Courtois added.

Chelsea started 2018 second in the table and in the semi-finals of the League Cup, but they were beaten over two legs by Arsenal and have drawn two and lost two of their five Premier League matches so far this year.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63400.6150
JPY 54.415451.4154
GBP 0.35770.3497
EUR 0.40670.3947
NZD 0.68870.6557
AUD 0.64290.6179
USD 0.50130.4843

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 22nd, February, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Wheels for ex-PMs
  2. Police brutality claims
  3. Ministers and public transport
  4. 200 vehicles from China
  5. Farmer admitted to Bar after struggle
  6. NFP: No to coup
  7. Public 'sick and tired'
  8. Family homeless after fire
  9. Nasinu family homeless after fire
  10. Students receive access to internet

Top Stories this Week

  1. Long wait Monday (19 Feb)
  2. Wheels for ex-PMs Thursday (22 Feb)
  3. Plans to open caves for public viewing Monday (19 Feb)
  4. None like Gita Friday (16 Feb)
  5. Tears flow for eleven Wednesday (21 Feb)
  6. Masirewa scores biggest try Monday (19 Feb)
  7. Police brutality claims Thursday (22 Feb)
  8. Adi Meretui joins SODELPA camp Monday (19 Feb)
  9. Bitcoin rises above $20,175 Saturday (17 Feb)
  10. Sau's 7s aim Monday (19 Feb)