By Emma Sanders

Thibaut Courtois admitted Chelsea still have a long way to go before they can consider themselves as title contenders despite moving to the top of the Premier League table on Sunday evening.

The goalkeeper believes their next two matches against Tottenham and Manchester City could be a turning point and they have to prove they can win the league.

Chelsea moved a point above Liverpool in the league table following their 1-0 victory against Middlesbrough on Sunday after the Reds were held to a goalless draw at St Marys.

“It is very nice to be top again. We have fought hard. It was a difficult season last year for the fans and the club, the players had a lot of criticism as well,” Courtois said, as reported by the Evening Standard.

“But we can’t relax now. We face two big opponents now and hopefully we can show that we are ready to fight for the title.”

Chelsea’s victory against Middlesbrough was their sixth straight win but they face tough fixtures against unbeaten Premier League rivals Tottenham and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side.

Following those two fixtures, Chelsea have five games against sides in the bottom half of the table so good results against Tottenham and Manchester City could mean the Blues sit at the top of the table at Christmas.

Liverpool have a fairly comfortable fixtures schedule until they face Everton in the Merseyside derby on 19th December and play Man City on New Year’s Eve.

In other Chelsea news, this is the reason why the Blues are above Liverpool in the league table.