Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea have the quality in their squad to start climbing the Premier League table under interim manager Guus Hiddink.

The Blues beat Sunderland 3-1 on Saturday in their first game after Jose Mourinho left the club following a dismal run of results that left Chelsea languishing in the bottom six of the table.

With that win under their belt, Belgium international Courtois believes things will start to get better under Hiddink, who will now begin his second short-term stint at the club with a trip to Watford on Boxing Day.

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"He was here before, he did very well and I think he's a very good manager," Courtois told www.chelseafc.com. "Hopefully together we can climb back up the table and we're looking forward to starting working with him.

"Obviously when a manager goes it's a difficult situation. Everybody is sad about what happened because we haven't played well and won games, so we have to react and do better.

"Whatever has happened [with Mourinho] stays in the past and now we want to work hard with the new manager to get a good result against Watford."

And the goalkeeper is keen for Chelsea to now build on the positive showing against Sunderland in a bid to save their season.

"The first-half was very good for us, we played really well. It was a good performance and we needed that," Courtois said.

"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."