Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois keen to improve under Guus Hiddink

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is keen for his side to improve under the stewardship of interim boss Guus Hiddink during the second half of the season.

The experienced coach succeeded Jose Mourinho as manager at Stamford Bridge last week, after enjoying a similar temporary spell in charge of the club during the 2008-09 campaign.

The Dutchman watched from the terraces as the Blues secured their first league win in four matches against Sunderland on Saturday and he will take charge of the team for the first time when they play host to Watford at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

Goalkeeper Courtois expects the 69-year-old to have an immediate impact on the reigning Premier League champions, and is hopeful they can soon start climbing up the table.

He said: “He was here before, he did very well and I think he’s a very good manager. Hopefully together we can climb back up the table and we’re looking forward to starting working with him.”

Chelsea are currently 15th in the standings after only winning five of their opening 17 league fixtures, but the Belgium shot-stopper is convinced there is enough quality within the squad to move into a much healthier position over the coming weeks.

He added: “We don’t play to lose but we are responsible as well, we have top players so we shouldn’t be 15th in the league.”

The Blues will be keen to secure back-to-back wins when they take on an in-form Watford side that have won each of their last four top-flight fixtures.

The West Londoners are available at 1.44 to secure all three points on Saturday, while the Hornets are on offer at 7.50 and the draw is priced at 4.50.

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