Thibaut Courtois: Charlie Adam's wonder goal has not dented my confidence

Stoke midfielder Adams' amazing strike 10 days ago left the Chelsea goalkeeper embarrassed as the ball sailed over his head.

And it came just 13 days after the Belgium star made a shocking howler at Hull, gifting striker Abel Hernandez a goal when trying to play the ball out of danger.

But Courtois bounced back at QPR on Sunday, making two superb saves to deny Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips as the title favoruites won 1-0.

"I never doubt myself," said Courtois. "That's my strength. I helped the team with two good saves and I'm happy.

"The most important thing is the team and against Hull and Stoke we still won. I'm 22 and still learning. These were moments which I could learn from.

"Against Hull, it was not the best control, but in the second half I showed that I am mentally strong and I saved the team.

"Against Stoke, if you want to play high as a team, you as a goalkeeper have to play high as well. Adam did a good strike and that can happen.

"But I showed against QPR that if you play high, you can go get the ball from the midfield. If I'm on the 18-yard box, I can go get it there. For me it's not a problem."

Chelsea need 12 points from seven games to be sure of the title.

They take on Manchester United at home on Saturday, then go to Arsenal eight days later.

But Courtois insists they will try to win the title with style and rather than grinding out draws against their two nearest rivals.

"Nobody does that in football," he added.

"Everybody wants to win if you play. Sometimes depending on how a game goes, there may be a red card, then you can consider a point as a good one. But. like against QPR, we played to win."

Meanwhile, striker Didier Drogba has confirmed he intends to carry on playing next season.

The 37-year-old make his first start since the start of February at Loftus Road with Diego Costa and Loic Remy both injured.

"No, it's not my last season," he said. But he declined to give details of what lay ahead.

He did admit he had struggled against Rangers though.

"It's difficult when you don't play and then have to go into these kind of games," he said.

"But I try to give my best. I tried to give the best of my physical capacity against QPR, so if the manager needs me I'm ready.

"Teams like QPR are fighting to stay in the Premier League so there is more intensity, more contact.

"A lot of games will be like this but we try to continue until the end, believe we can score and make the difference."

*QPR have vowed to ban the fans who threw missiles at Chelsea players as they celebrated Cesc Fabregas' winning goal.

Source: Daily Star

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