Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said that the club were right to sack their former manager Jose Mourinho.
Out the door
Things looked optimistic for the Stamford Bridge outfit after lifting the Premier League trophy last May but a dismal start to the campaign saw them flirting with relegation at the opposite end of the table.
This resulted in Mourinho being dismissed back in December and subsequently replaced by Guus Hiddink. They have improved since then as they currently sit in tenth place.
The Belgian said that the problems stem from a poor pre-season campaign and the youngster believes that club owner Roman Abramovich had no choice but to replace the Portuguese coach.
The 'keeper told Belgium's RTBF that it is “hard” to explain why the year has “been bad” but pointed to their pre-season preparations which he described as “very brief”.
He continued saying that the side “weren't’t in a good physical shape” as they lost the community shield to Arsenal and then drew their opening match of the season to Swansea, which he said is when the “downward spiral set in”.
The 23-year-old said that they needed a ”change of manager at that point” and said that he had “no doubts about it” as they “drew too many matches” and conceded goals “too easily”. He also believes that he could have “done better” with some of the goals conceded.
Prefer the Belgians
In their title-winning campaign last year they only conceded 32 goals throughout the whole season, which was the league bests, but the Blues have already conceded 41 so far this term. This prompted him to say that he prefers to play behind the Belgium back four, which includes the likes of Vincent Kompany and Toby Alderweireld.
He said that he prefers playing with “Belgium’s back four” and said it “it’ll be hard” to get European football next year but said that they will try and finish the season “strongly”.
After the international break Chelsea will travel Aston Villa and Villa Park on Saturday, April 2 with kick-off at 12:45pm GMT.