Over the last five Chelsea matches in the Premier League, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has only had to deal with eight shots on target, an average of less than two per game. Five of those actually came in our match against Manchester United, while both Leicester City and Everton were prevented from getting even a single attempt on goal.
Chelsea have dominated at both ends of the pitch, leaving Courtois with not much to do. But all that boredom has led to plenty of wins and plenty of happiness, while Courtois has also kept up his concentration levels as the wonderful save on Zlatan Ibrahimovic would attest.
"It's all going well [at Chelsea], it's a big club. There's no reason for me not to be happy at Chelsea. You never know what could happen in the future, but now I'm doing well and in a very good environment."
During the summer transfer window, a reportedly disgruntled Courtois wanted out of the club due to his love of Spain and a difficult relationship with goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon. At the time, Real Madrid looked to be one of his potential destinations.
The situation has since been dealt with. Lollichon has been moved into a different position and replaced by former Italy national team goalkeeper coach Gianluca Spinelli. That said, according to Courtois, all reports linking him with a return to Spain were baseless anyway.
"There's not a hint of truth in the Real Madrid rumours. I have never had any contact with them. [And I won't] return to Atlético. [Jan] Oblak is playing well and I'm very happy. Those are rumours without any basis."
In his interview with Spanish radio, Courtois also talked a bit about Diego Costa, about yet another topic largely forgotten during this winning streak, the minor scuffle between the temperamental striker and his passionate coach caught by the Spanish media.
"In the last matches, Diego controls better the time to provoke the defence, but he's a winner and I prefer having a player like him in my team. One time he got a yellow card and I had to take him to the dressing room because he started to talk to the referee."
"[On the Conte vs. Diego debacle], it was only a minor annoyance between two people that want the best for the team. Like those [incidents], we have thousands. Shortly after, it's all sorted out in the dressing room."
-Thibaut Courtois; Source: Radio COPE
On a related note, Costa just had dinner with a certain Diego Simeone, so don’t be surprised if a fresh round of rumors about Costa start up while the international break is still going on.