Thibaut Courtois: Chelsea can win the quadruple this season, says goalkeeper

Jose Mourinho may have said it's "too difficult" to win all four trophies, but the Belgian goalkeeper says the squad believes it is possible

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Thibaut Courtois says that the Chelsea squad believe they can win an unprecedented four trophies this season, as a new generation of players at the club find themselves one game away from their first final together.

Courtois was the outstanding player in Chelsea’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg 1-1 draw at Anfield on Tuesday night, having returned to the team in place of Petr Cech. The Belgian, who has been rested for the League Cup until this week, said that he no longer feels discomfort in his thumb, an injury sustained in the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea face Bradford City in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday and then Liverpool in the return leg at Stamford Bridge next week. Asked whether Chelsea could still challenge for all trophies, Jose Mournho said on Tuesday that it was “too difficult”. Courtois said that the squad believed it was possible.

He said: “It's difficult to say, but in this moment we are playing well. We have passed through all competitions. Now we are in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup, are top of the league, there is an important game in the FA Cup on Saturday which we have to win and soon we will be playing Paris St Germain in the Champions League.

“It will be hard but we have the team that can win everything. Obviously there are a lot of teams that can win too. It will be hard, but it's what we're aiming for.

“If you play a final and win it, you get that feeling to win trophies and you want to win more and more and more. That feeling is in the whole group now, especially after what happened last season when they didn't win anything and were close to some trophies. You want to win everything that's possible, starting with the League Cup.

He added: “Myself, [Diego] Costa, Filipe [Luis], [Cesc] Fabregas and the rest of the team want to win trophies for Chelsea. That starts in the League Cup to the last game in the Champions League. We want to win everything, it will be difficult, but I think we have the team to do it. Hopefully we can achieve it. To play a final at Wembley is a really nice experience. It's in London too so could be a really nice game.”

On his competition for the goalkeeper’s shirt with Cech, who played the three previous games, Courtois said: “He is behind me and pushing me. I know in training that we are working hard and at a really high level. He is a top goalkeeper and I know I have to play well to continue to play. We are not busy [competing] with each other though, we just want to help the team. That's the most important thing.”

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