After conceding four goals against Watford in yesterday’s game at the Vicarage Road, Chelsea shot-stopper told reporters that Conte’s reported sack wasn’t responsible for the team’s recent poor run of form.
“It does not affect us,” he said.
The Belgian goalkeeper who is being tracked by Real Madrid confessed that the team was generally poor against the Hornets, claiming that they lost the possession of the ball too easily to their opponents, and the were made to pay for that at the closing stages of the game.
“Our start was maybe not the best. We lost too many balls,” he told Sky Sports.
It was earlier reported via the Mirror that Conte could be sacked if his team fail to defeat Watford. Many fans believed that the Blues shambolic display could be attributed to the pre-match pressure on the coach and his players to deliver.
Courtois also gave his thoughts on the controversial penalty awarded to Watford which led to the Hornets first goal of the night. According to him, Gerard Deulofeu dived in an obvious attempt to convince referee Mike Dean of awarding a penalty.
“The red card was very light and the penalty was a clear dive,” Courtois said.
Chelsea were reduced to 10 men in the 30th minute as Bakayoko was dismissed by the referee after being booked on two different occasions.
Having conceded seven goals in two matches, Courtois called on his teammates to remain positive ahead of their important clash against Barcelona when the Champions League competition returns in two weeks.
“We have a tough month coming up. It is important for us to continue to work — heads high,” he concluded.
It is yet to be seen if Conte would be retained by the Chelsea board. His future will be decided before the end of the week, according to reports from the West London club.