While most of the EPL action is kicking off during the weekend, Chelsea FC‘s season opener isn’t until Monday. They will take Burnley FC, but before then Chelsea’s head coach Jose Mourinho needs to decide who still be the starting goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois or Petr Cech.
Courtois has returned from his loan with Atletico Madrid, and now Chelsea have two of the best goalkeepers in the league at their disposal. Courtois should be the one guarding the net for Chelsea.
Cech is a fantastic goalkeeper and has done well for Chelsea, but in Courtois is the better choice. Cech is 32 years old, which means he has several years of experience, but he didn’t have a chance to showcase his skills during the World Cup. The Czech Republic did not make the tournament, and he was left to watch the tournament from home. This isn’t a reflection of his goalkeeping skills, but it did give Courtois an extra boost.
Courtois had a spectacular year with Atletico and was undoubtedly one of the key players for the club. He helped them win the La Liga title and took them to the UEFA Champions League final. He made spectacular saves that helped the club stay in the race. He was celebrated by the Atletico fans, but his time came to an end.
After Atletico’s season was over, Courtois suited up for Belgium to take on the world’s best teams in the World Cup. Belgium only conceded three goals in the entire tournament, one of them being in its quarterfinal loss to Argentina. It was a big feat for Belgium, and Courtois was a key reason why the Belgians made such a deep run. He is 22 years old, but has proven to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Courtois is ready for EPL. He can stand his ground among other young goalkeepers such as Manchester United‘s David De Gea. He is competing with a spot against Cech, but he is currently the better man. He has performed to show his boss that he is ready to play.