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Published: 14:28 | 16/12/15

Courtois backs Chelsea to respond

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has backed Chelsea to turn their season around, but accepts the next seven days could be crucial to their campaign.

Courtois returned to the starting line-up for the first time since August 29th for Saturday's visit of Bournemouth, but the goalkeeper could not prevent his side from suffering a ninth defeat of the season.

The Blues are currently 14th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone and they face a trip to current pacesetters Leicester on Monday.

Before that they host Porto at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League with Jose Mourinho's men looking to top Group G.

Courtois admits the congested fixture list means they have little time to reflect on the Bournemouth defeat and he believes the next week could prove crucial to the rest of the campaign.

"Of course we are upset, but we have to regroup again and show strength against Porto in the Champions League and next Monday at Leicester," said Courtois.

"It's an important week for us. On Wednesday we have to win to make sure we are first and qualified. That will be a big boost for the team as well.

"Then Leicester away is a difficult game. We knew last year it was not easy there and now they have the confidence and are playing really well. It will be a very tough game but we are confident we can push on there."

Mourinho has warned his players they face a fit to finish in the top four after their struggles this season, but Courtois believes they can improve as long as they put the work in.

"I think this season we are a bit unlucky some games, but we have the same good team as last year and that team was champions so I think we have the quality to get out of this situation and we just have to fight every day, every game," he told the club's official website.

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