Belgian press react to Courtois making Chelsea Premier League debut

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Reaction from Belgium to Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois performance on his Premier League debut.

Last season's Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, got the nod to start for Chelsea in their Premier League opener with Burnley.

The 22-year-old was selected by manager Jose Mourinho ahead of the Petr Cech, with the boss insisting he could not hold him back any longer.

Courtois looked impressive in the 3-1 victory, and was praised by club and international teammate Eden Hazard as well as winning acclaim in his homeland.

International teammate Eden Hazard told Chelsea's website: "I don’t think Thibaut could touch the ball for their first goal but he had other things to do in the game and he did well, it was good for his first game in England."

Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblade reported: "He could not prevent a goal against him. However, he was rescued by the two Spanish debutants at The Blues, who quickly made good turnaround. Afterwards was a confident Chelsea were too strong and Courtois showed his class.

"After that early goal in the first half to he had little work to do and had to just show a few times at a corner kick, something he did authoritatively.

Another outlet, HLN.be absolved him of any blame for Burnley's goal: "Chelsea went to sleep that Scott Arfield punished them ruthlessly. Courtois did not see shot not arrive and therefore had no chance."

Website Knack.be focused on his second half stop from the same player, writing: "After the break Chelsea controlled the game, thanks in part to Courtois with and excellent save to deny Arfield his second goal."

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