by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, has said that one of Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois, will be first-choice at Stamford Bridge and that will leave the other goalkeeper to consider his future.
Mourinho admitted he has two of the best three stoppers in the world in his squad, but will announce to them who his number one will be.
“The best way for me to work is to think pragmatically, in a cold way, forget a little bit try to hide the emotions around these situations and decide what I think is the best for the team,” he said his Friday press conference.
“I don’t tell you because they don’t know. The team doest know. They will know at the same time all of them.
“My opinion with all the respect to fantastic goalkeepers around the world, I think Chelsea has two of the three best goalkeepers in the world.
“This is something unique. Is it a problem for me? A great problem. They are both fantastic goalkeepers. It’s a problem every manager in every club would like to have.”
Cech has been number at the club since he joined in 2004, but rising star Courtois returned to the club, after three successful years on loan at Atletico Madrid.
“If Petr [Cech] plays [Thibaut] Courtois can think about leaving, or visa versa,” Mourinho added.
“In this moment they are working well and hard and we are so happy to have them both.
“I prefer to analyse this in that perspective. During the season if one is definitely my first choice I have to support and stimulate the other one.
“I can’t have one of these incredible goalkeepers on the bench three or four months waiting for a Capital One Cup game.
“I have to stimulate the competition and I have to praise some top goalkeeper which is not my first choice.”
Ifreke Inyang is a public commentator and social media critic who has worked with a number of high profile publications across the country.