COURTOIS SLAMS HIS TEAM-MATES’ PERFORMANCE

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Chelsea lost to Roma 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and this has left Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois disappointed with the lack of ‘fighting spirit’ displayed by his team-mates in the second half against Roma and insists they have to ‘fight back’ against Manchester United on Sunday.

“I think we knew Roma would start with intensity and we had to equal it,” he told BT Sport after the game.

“But after 50 seconds, El Shaarawy scores a screamer – it’s unfortunate after 50 seconds you’re down 1-0.

“I think afterwards we played quite well. We had some chances, we couldn’t score. Then at half-time it was tough but we felt good because I think we played well in the first half.

“I don’t know why but in the second half we dropped our fighting spirit. We dropped our mentality a bit – that cannot happen, of course.

“We have to fight back on Sunday now and show the fans that this was an off day and that we will move on and fight on Sunday.”

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