Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been terrorising opposition defences of late, but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed Chelsea have a plan to deal with him.
United travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon hoping to put a spanner in the works of Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League title charge, with Fellaini the danger man in midfield.
But his countryman Courtois says the Blues have been working on a way to combat the unorthodox midfielder after he starred in recent wins over Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City.
‘Manchester United have a lot of other good players to decide a match, so we are not completely focused on Fellaini,’ Courtois said. ‘But we know that when he comes into the box, he is very dangerous.
‘I will probably have to come out to collect crosses into the box. Of course, we know about him and hope to keep him out.
‘Of course, (the exact way we deal with him) has to be kept private. I cannot say exactly how we will do it, but of course we know to keep an eye on Marouane.’
Fellaini has emerged as one of the Premier League’s most effective performers recently, flourishing under Louis van Gaal’s management after being cast as a joke figure under David Moyes last season.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes his side will be able to combat Fellaini’s style of play
Courtois has played alongside the big-haired 27-year-old for Belgium, with whom he has also become a key figure, scoring in their last two European Championship qualifiers.
‘You have to use Marouane’s qualities,’ Courtois told Sporting Telenet. ‘If you do not play him in the right position, he might not play as well and could come across as a bad footballer.
Courtois celebrates Chelsea’s last minute victory with Cesc Fabregas and John Terry
‘But if he is used the right way, I think he has more technical ability than people think. Beyond that, he is obviously very strong and dangerous with his head. He’s a real box-to-box player, he can be in defence and five seconds later upfront and scoring. You have to be very attentive.’
Despite Fellaini’s abilities, Courtois is confident of winning the Premier League title and feels Eden Hazard will double it up with the PFA Player of the Year award, even if he admits that teams have found out a way to stop Chelsea.
‘I think at the start of the season, teams did not really know how to play against us,’ he said. ‘Now they know and they try to stop the way we play as much as possible.
‘Eden has been decisive for us and if we are champions, a lot of credit goes to him,’ he added. ‘In that area, he still has an edge over his competitors.’
Eden Hazard (left) has propelled Chelsea to the top of the Premier League with his brilliant displays
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