Thibaut Courtois believes the majority of Chelsea’s players have been out of form this season, stressing that the team will start winning once that changes.
Chelsea host Porto on Wednesday night hoping to put their Premier League problems to one side by reaching the last 16 of the Champions League.
A draw would be enough to advance but, assuming Dynamo Kiev beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in the night’s other Group G tie, a second loss in the competition to Porto would heap the pressure on Jose Mourinho.
However, the Blues boss said the team’s problems are “not a one-man responsibility“, and Courtois agrees that several people within the dressing room have contributed to the slump.
The goalkeeper, fit again following a three-month absence with a knee injury, says as many as eight players have been under-performing in each Chelsea game this season.
“You have moments when your level is high, other times a bit lower,” Courtois said.
“Sometimes you have eight players on a top level and three a bit down. Maybe this season it’s the other way round.
“Last season we were on a higher level and that’s why we were champions. We’re still the same players as last season, the top players who belong to Chelsea, a big team who aspire to win trophies.
“If everybody gets on their top level, we’ll start winning again.”