Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WE'RE ALL FIGHTING FOR OUR FUTURES; COURTOIS ADMITS PRESSURE IS ON SQUAD TO AVOID PLAYERS FOLLOWING JOSE OUT OF CLUBCourtois: We Are All Playing for Our Futures

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WE'RE ALL FIGHTING FOR OUR FUTURES; COURTOIS ADMITS PRESSURE IS ON SQUAD TO AVOID PLAYERS FOLLOWING JOSE OUT OF CLUBCourtois: We Are All Playing for Our Futures

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

THIBAUT COURTOIS today admitted every member of the Chelsea squad is facing a battle to prove they deserve to stay at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues won 3-0 at Crystal Palace yesterday to move six points clear of the relegation zone.

It was the club's first away win in the top flight since August and they have now gone four League games without defeat since they sacked Jose Mourinho last month.

The manager paid the price for the team's poor form but Courtois believes no one in the dressing room is safe.

Asked by Standard Sport if the squad are now playing for their futures at the club, he said: "Yes, of course. We know we are responsible as well.

"We had team meetings where we said the same, that okay the manager has gone but we are responsible as well -- that we need to pick up our level because we are not playing good enough for a Chelsea player. Now we are stepping up our game and that's a good way.

"In the last weeks we have played some good football, but sometimes we didn't get the result. Against Crystal Palace there was the result and a very good performance, so we can look ahead to the next week with a lot of confidence."

Chelsea, who won at Selhurst Park ARSENAL SHOW THEIR GRIT FOR TITLE PUSH FULL STORY PAGES 62&63 with goals from Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa, have thrived following the appointment of interim manager Guus Hiddink.

"Of course with a new manager some things change," said Courtois (right). "Maybe with some players, the mentality changed, things change. We picked up some good results, some good football and then it goes again.

"It's difficult to explain why [the mentality changes]. It's something psychological. Sometimes it changes with little changes. Maybe we needed a change [of coach] to pick up our level again. I don't know because I was injured for three months and out of everything.

"Of course Hiddink has said some things that he wants us to do, some different aspects of the game. …

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