According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes the players must take a share of some of the responsibility for Chelsea’s current predicament.
Courtois said that not all blame falls on Jose Mourinho, however, it is often then manager who faces the brunt of the criticism. Chelsea are currently undergoing one of the worst Premier League title defences in the history of the league, the club are sitting in 14th place in the Premier League after 20 games.
In football it’s always like that. When results are not good the first thing they look at is the manager. But I don’t think it is only the manager, the players have to take responsibility as well. We were the ones who were not playing as well.
Courtois also described the changes brought in by new manager Guus Hiddink, the goalkeeper explained the differences in his training regimes.
Obviously training is a little bit different – the approach he has sometimes in how he wants to train. Maybe sometimes a bit more tactical, a bit less, different types of little games we play or shooting the ball to give confidence to the strikers.
Sometimes he is more outside of the training, more observing and leaving the training more to (assistant first team coaches) Steve Holland and Eddie Newton. He just steps in when he thinks he needs to explain something to the team. When he explains he explains it well. Every manager has his way of working.
The Belgian has also said he believes that the Premier League champions can still turn their season around under Hiddink, and hopes they can aim for a top six place. He also hopes that a good run in either the FA Cup or the Champions League could make Chelsea’s season good.
Obviously if you win the FA Cup or the Champions League maybe it will still be a positive [season], success is a big word if you play until now not very well except the last three or four games. But still with the FA Cup or maybe the Champions League it could be a positive season if we end up in the top four or top six.