Chelsea FC’s new number one keeper Thibaut Courtois is hoping that his competition Petr Cech sticks around so he can learn from his experience. Courtois was selected to start the club’s Premier League opener and is the starter but he knows that he can still learn a thing or two from the veteran Chelsea keeper.
Courtois said about Cech’s experience, “I want him to stay. Even if he doesn’t play he can be a lot of help to me in training. I can still learn from him because he has a lot of experience, he can give me good tips about the Premier League, things I might not know at the start.”
The young Belgian also said, “He is nice to me. We are training very well and he is still proving he is a great goalkeeper. For the team it is better for us to have two good goalkeepers. I don’t have a problem if he stays. Hopefully I can play well and stay in the team.”
Thibaut Courtois is used to playing in high pressure situations such as European cup finals as well as domestic matches with the league title riding on them. This experience should serve him well at Chelsea but should he falter he knows that his place is not guaranteed and Cech is waiting in the wings.
Courtois spoke about the pressure and said: “Always when you are here you have pressure to perform because you are playing in a top team. There is always a pressure to win games and to be important and I am trying to do that in every game that I play.
“I came here obviously to play. I know that Petr is a great goalkeeper so there is a lot of competition, but when you come back from a successful loan you hope to play. Otherwise, it would maybe have been better for me to go to another team.
“It is nice that he put faith in me and it is for me now to prove his faith is right. I need to work hard in every training session and game to gain the confidence of my team-mates and the manager.”
Courtois had little to do against Burnley but he did make one spectacular save to keep Chelsea ahead in the match when they were up by a single goal. He will be tested often this season as they go on the hunt for trophies but he certainly has the making of a long time starter for the Blues.
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