Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has arguably the Premier League’s biggest selection dilemma as he needs to decide between goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech.
The Portuguese coach had a similar situation in the Spanish capital as Real Madrid duo Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez battled for the number one spot, though the importance laid on winning the Champions League certainly made his decision easier.
At Stamford Bridge, however, the Premier League title is first and foremost the primary target and both Courtois and Cech won’t want to settle for a regular place on the bench.
Reliable Czech Republic international Petr Cech deserves to retain the number one jersey, performing consistently over a ten-year span for the Blues and making a total of 326 Premier League appearances.
Thibaut Courtois, on the other hand, is arguably the world’s finest shot-stopper on form and last year he beat the likes of Victor Valdes, Iker Casillas, Keylor Navas and Diego Lopez to the Zamora goalkeeper award for keeping the most La Liga clean sheets in a season – 20.
With Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer also waiting in the wings as a possible back-up goalkeeper, it’s an intriguing situation and one Mourinho believes is good for the club.
“We have competition for places all over the pitch. This is a club that wants to be strong and have real possibilities to compete for trophies so we need competition in every place.” He said, quoted by Sky Sports.
“I know Mark Schwarzer is a very good goalkeeper, very stable, a group man, completely ready to be our second goalkeeper like he was last season when we needed him to play.”
“So if he is our second goalkeeper we feel very safe with him, but to have Petr and Thibaut together in the same squad is a good problem for me.”
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