Courtois striving for 'perfection' under demanding Conte

The Chelsea keeper believes the intensity of the Stamford Bridge boss has everyone looking to better themselves in pursuit of the Premier League title

Thibaut Courtois admits he is striving for “perfection” at Chelsea, with Antonio Conte having brought an intensity to Stamford Bridge that “makes champions”.

The Blues have offered the perfect response to their struggles of 2015-16 under the guidance of their new Italian coach.

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He was drafted in to light a fire under a faltering squad and is well on course to end his debut campaign with a Premier League title triumph.

Conte’s tactical approach has worked wonders, with Courtois part of a defensive unit that has kept 13 clean sheets.

The Belgium international believes his game has been enhanced by a proven winner in the dugout, but acknowledges that everyone in the Chelsea squad must continue to push for continuous improvement.

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Courtois told Sky Sports: "I want to improve myself to reach a higher level.

"I think I am on a very good level, but I know that I can improve myself. I think in everything you can improve.

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"Everything you can improve every day and search for perfection and that is what I will try to do.

"When I was in Belgium, I played a lot of balls short. At Atletico Madrid, the trainer preferred only long balls, so you forget to play short a little. So maybe that might be the biggest point of improvement."

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The 24-year-old goalkeeper is convinced that Conte is the right man to keep Chelsea on an upward curve, with there no letting up in the passion he brings to his post.

Courtois added: "It is good if you have a manager who is demanding a lot.

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"You have to be at your top every week, and that is what makes you champions.

"If you have a manager who is not demanding then sometimes you relax and you lose games."

Chelsea have suffered just three Premier League defeats so far this season, with a 13-game winning streak prior to the turn of the year helping them to establish a nine-point lead at the top of the table.