Tuesday 19 March 2019

Thibaut eyes Wembley win

Thibaut Courtois.
Thibaut Courtois.

Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea's disappointing finish to the Premier League season will have no impact on Saturday's FA Cup final with Manchester United.

A 3-0 loss at Newcastle on Sunday extinguished slim hopes of Champions League qualification as the Blues finished fifth in the table.

Chelsea are now seeking to claim a trophy in what could be Antonio Conte's final match as head coach, if speculation is to be believed that the Italian is poised to depart this summer.

"The confidence is all right," Courtois said. "It was not a good performance from us. We've showed we can bounce back the game after.

"This is a different cup, different to the Premier League and we just have to go for it.

"That's most important. After a season of ups and downs, we can finish on an up."

Like Conte, Courtois' future is in doubt. The 26-year-old Belgium goalkeeper is out of contract in June 2019 and - if he does not extend his deal - Chelsea may opt to sell.

Courtois is reportedly admired by Real Madrid. He spent three years on loan from Chelsea at Atletico Madrid.

"There's nothing I want to comment now," he added of his contract situation.

Chelsea face familiar foes in United manager Jose Mourinho, who had two spells as Blues boss, and former Blues Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku, if fit, and Juan Mata, if selected.

Courtois says the friendships can wait until after the game.

"Before the game it's better just to be focused on ourselves," he said.

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