“It’s not about the manager” – Thibaut Courtois insists players will perform for the fans

Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois has been speaking to the Evening Standard ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United in the FA Cup final this Saturday.

The Belgian was asked whether winning the trophy – going one further than losing in the final as they did last year – would be a good way to send off Antonio Conte. But he denied that his manager had anything to do with it.

“It’s not about the manager, we want to win for the fans and the club,” the stopper said.

They’re nice words for sure, and it’s very easy for players to say they’re doing it for the fans who pay to see them week in week out. But words are just words, and until we see it on the pitch it’s hard to swallow. When they put in performances like they did against Newcastle, their words seem pretty hollow.

They can’t really do much worse against United though, and whether their motivation the manager, the fans, or even just their own personal glory, hopefully they get the job done.