We’ve seen Thibaut Courtois score from a freekick in training and he has also showed his skill on the ball by doing a backward elastico on Diego Costa.

Chelsea tend to play the ball out from the back under Antonio Conte, and Courtois has done that with ease.

The Belgian has revealed that he was a good player during his younger days, and only switched to keeping so he’d never miss a game.

“I was good as an outfield player,” he told Chelsea magazine. “At the ages of seven, eight, nine and 10, there were two groups – an A group and a B group – and I was always in the A group, so I had quality to play. But we needed a goalkeeper for this tournament and, because I played volleyball when I was really young, I enjoyed diving around and making saves at that age. So when the manager asked me if I wanted to play in goal I said yes because I knew I would play every game then.”

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