COURTOIS CREDITS IMPROVEMENTS IN HIS GAME TO WORKING WITH NEW CHELSEA GOALKEEPER MANAGER

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The new man in charge of goalkeepers is 49-year-old Gianluca Spinelli, a goalkeeper coach who worked with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte for two years while Conte was boss of the Italian national team.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois credits improvements in his game this season to working with Spinelli.

“Training with Spinelli is completely different as he’s from the Italian school. He wants me to push more laterally straight away when I dive, rather than taking a step forward first,” Courtois told The Times.

“As a youngster I learned to put one foot forward before I dived, but he prefers goalkeepers to move laterally first. It has improved the speed of my diving and I’m getting down quicker.

“We’re also doing a lot more ball-work in training, always practising in situations which are game realistic. Spinelli likes us to really attack the ball with our feet, as well as coming for crosses, which is a very Italian trait, so you could say I’ve learned that from [Gianluigi] Buffon. I’m always trying to learn things from different goalkeepers.”

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