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Loss to Burnley was wake-up call Chelsea needed, insists Courtois

Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea's hard-fought win over Tottenham Hotspur proves the champions do not have the same problems as 2015, and believes that last week's bad start was more a consequence of freak absences and the need for "a little wake-up call".

The goalkeeper also feels his side can win the title again.

Chelsea ruined Spurs' first league game at Wembley by claiming a late 2-1 win - Marcos Alonso scoring either side of Michy Batshuayi's own goal - to bounce back from last week's 3-2 home defeat to Burnley, marking a contrast to two years ago when they continued their poor start in their second game with a 3-0 hammering at Manchester City.

"Obviously after last week, it doesn't show it was to be the same," Courtois said. "We just started badly. Maybe we needed as a group a little wake-up call of 'look, we need to give 150% this year and not 100%'. That's what we did, I think we did very well.

"I remember two years ago we had to go to City and lost there, and it was a difficult start for us.

"Now, this victory is good. Next week we play at home against Everton, who are doing well. We don't have the easiest start but this victory is good for confidence.

"The Premier League is very long. Last year we didn't start very well, we won the first games then had a difficult September. Then a lot of people said we couldn't win the league, and we did it. Let's see, game by game, and then in May hopefully we are there to win the league. If not we will try to be as close as possible."

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