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Title prize keeps Courtois focused

Thibaut Courtois has achieved a lot in a relatively short time, but the Chelsea goalkeeper is not resting on his laurels with the Premier League title in his sights.

The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the world's best goalkeepers in recent years, impressing first for Genk, then Atletico Madrid and Jose Mourinho's side.

Courtois' fine performances have helped bring with it collective success, with the Blues' recent Capital One Cup triumph making this a fifth straight trophy-winning season for the goalkeeper.

The Wembley victory was good, he says, but having been substitute would understandably be surpassed should Chelsea get over the line in the Premier League.

"Last season, I was part of a team who lost the Champions League in the last minute, so that's something I still want to win, and to be able to play for a Premier League title every season is also a big motivation," Courtois told the club magazine.

"To win a European Championship or a World Cup with Belgium is another goal.

"But, it is true, when I was a young kid I dreamed of playing in finals and it's nice to have won the Europa League and Super Cup, and won a final against Real Madrid, but hopefully I can achieve much more now.

"Every year I've won one trophy, so it's nice we won the one at Wembley.

"But, of course, the Premier League would be much bigger so hopefully we can add that this season."

Courtois joined Chelsea in 2011 but this is his first campaign with the club, having spent the past three seasons on loan at Atletico.

The Belgium international has displaced club great Petr Cech as number one and, despite a few recent slip-ups, proved his worth with a wonderful display in Sunday's 1-0 win at QPR.

"As a goalkeeper, you might only have to make one or two saves a game - but sometimes really important ones - so, of course, it's nice that people see it and recognise it," Courtois said.

"The concentration as a goalkeeper needs to be very high. We work on the focus in training and it's good because, in big teams, one save maybe in minute 88 can be decisive, so it's very important."

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