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Thibaut Courtois welcomes demands from Antonio Conte, wants to improve further

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More praise from Courtois for Chelsea training staff, this time for Conte and his demanding style that's fueling our title challenge.

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Having helped his team get a massive victory over rivals Arsenal on Saturday, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois gave himself a nice gift by crossing the Atlantic to enjoy an NBA match in New York and the Super Bowl in Houston last weekend. (Racking up those credit card rewards and frequent flier miles!)

After enjoying himself on the intercontinental trip, Courtois already has his mind focused back on his duties with the Blues in England. Following the lead of his workaholic head coach Antonio Conte, the young keeper is relishing the demands from his new boss and the good results they have brought in our quest for the Premier League trophy.

"It's good if you have a manager who is demanding a lot. You have to be at your top every week, and that's what makes you champion. If you have a manager who is not demanding then sometimes you relax and you lose games."

Although Courtois is only 24 years old and still years away from what’s considered to be prime years for a goalkeeper, his performances for Chelsea this season have put him back in the discussion for best in the business. Earning the praise of former greats such as Iker Casillas, Courtois believes he can take his play even further.

"I want to improve myself to reach a higher level. I think I'm on a very good level, but I know that I can improve myself. I think in everything you can improve."

"When I was in Belgium, I played a lot of ball short. At Atlético Madrid, the trainer preferred only long balls, so you forget to play short a little. So maybe it might be the biggest point of improvement. Everything you can improve everyday and search for perfection and that's what I'll try to do."

-Thibaut Courtois; Source: Sky Sports

If there’s been one clear change at Chelsea from last season, it’s been the improved mentality and attitude of the players. The squad did not undergo as many changes as we might have expected over the summer, but now the team are fully backing up their claims of hard work and improvement with their showings on the pitch. That alone is not what has taken Courtois and many others (back) to their current level of play, but it certainly has been a big factor.

And much of that is thanks to Conte.