Courtois: Chelsea have been unlucky

The goalkeeper is convinced a large slice of misfortune has contributed to the Blues' disastrous start to the season
Thibaut Courtois believes "bad luck" is the reason behind Chelsea's nightmare first half of the Premier League season.

The Blues have now lost eight of their 15 Premier League games following Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth and sit 14th in the table, just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Nevertheless, Courtois - who returned to the starting XI against Bournemouth after missing 17 games through injury - hopes success in the Champions League could be the catalyst they need to boost their league form.

"I think we have been a bit unlucky some games this season, but we have the same good team as last year and that team won the league. So I think we have the quality to get out of this situation," Courtois told the official Chelsea website.

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"We just have to fight every day, every game. It's an important week for us. On Wednesday we have to win to make sure we are first [in our group] and qualify [for the knockout stages]. That will be a big boost for the team as well.

"We have to regroup again and show strength against Porto in the Champions League and next Monday at Leicester."

Chelsea travel to Premier League leaders Leicester City after their match against Porto in midweek and Courtois is confident they can get a good result against Claudio Ranieri's men.

"Leicester away will be a difficult game. We knew last year it was not easy there and now they have the confidence and are playing really well," he added.

"It will be a very tough game, but we are confident we can push on there."