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Thibaut Courtois: 'Chelsea needed a big guy up front at Everton'

Courtois: 'We needed a big guy up front'
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Thibaut Courtois believes that Chelsea missed "a big guy up front" to break through the Everton backline in the Blues' goalless at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Thibaut Courtois has claimed that Chelsea missed "a big guy up front" in their goalless draw at Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Alvaro Morata was ruled out of the Premier League clash on Saturday after picking up his fifth booking of the season as he celebrated his match-winning goal in the Blues' EFL Cup quarter-final win over Bournemouth.

The Spaniard's absence meant that Antonio Conte opted to start Eden Hazard up front but, despite the Belgian looking sharp, neither he nor substitute Michy Batshuayi could find a way past a tenacious Toffees backline.

"Coming here was always going to be tough, they're on a good run so we expected a tough game but we tried our best to win," Courtois told Sky Sports News after the game.

"Their goalkeeper made a few good saves and we had to be careful on the counter but other than a few free-kicks they didn't have many chances.

"It's not easy when a team falls back, I think we could've had more shots on target but we didn't have a big guy up front despite lots of crosses into the box.

"We concentrated hard on keeping the clean sheet, which is a good thing from today of course, but we're not happy we didn't create the chances to score."

Chelsea remain third in the Premier League table, two points behind Manchester United.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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