Since Chelsea’s great form started in October, many pundits and even managers have said Chelsea are doing well in the league because they are away from the hurdles of the Champions League. But Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is having none of that. He even points to two seasons ago when we last won the league; we were in Europe at the time, and were flying high in the Premier League.
Courtois said: “In some ways it’s good, in other ways maybe not.
“Everybody wants to play in Europe and if you’re in the rhythm of playing a game every three or four days, sometimes you can play better, even though it’s harder at the end of the season.
“We have a lot of people on the bench who want to play and maybe haven’t had as many minutes as they deserve. If we had European football, they would have played more minutes.”
“The other year when we were champions [2014-15], we had European football [reaching the last 16 of the Champions League], so I don’t think it makes a big difference.”
Liverpool’s drop in form even gives credence to what Courtois is saying. The Reds were tipped for greatness due to their lack of European engagements, but it hasn’t gone on too well for them.