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Monday 11 December 2017

Courtois: I've never played in a penalty shoot-out before

Thibaut Courtois has urged his Chelsea team-mates to put Saturday's defeat at Newcastle behind them
Thibaut Courtois has urged his Chelsea team-mates to put Saturday's defeat at Newcastle behind them

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed he has never played in a competitive penalty shoot-out ahead of Sunday’s League Cup final against Tottenham.

Courtois is aiming to lift his first English trophy at Wembley, which would add to an already impressive collection that includes Primera Division, Copa del Rey and Europa League titles.

The 22-year-old, however, will be hoping Chelsea can complete the job in open play as his only spot-kicks experience came in a 2012 pre-season game for Atletico Madrid against Deportivo La Coruna, and ended in defeat.

“No, I don’t think I have been in a penalty shoot-out before,” Courtois said.

“There was just one time, which was in a friendly tournament with Atletico.

“We all work with the goalkeeper coach, we do our thing in practice. We will be prepared if it goes to penalties.”

Courtois has only faced one penalty in the Premier League this season, which coincidentally came against Tottenham, with Andros Townsend converting in Spurs’ 5-3 win.

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