One of the unfortunate consequences of Jose Mourinho choosing Thibaut Courtois as his number one goalkeeper is that he must decide what to do with Petr Cech. According to John Terry however, the decision is not solely on the club or Jose Mourinho but on Petr Cech as well.
Petr Cech has been at Chelsea since 2004 and has won nearly every trophy available at the club level but of course all good things must come to an end. Chelsea signed Thibaut Courtois from Racing Genk when he was just 19 years old and likely thought of him as the long term replacement for the Czech Republic keeper.
It is doubtful that they thought he would develop so quickly when they signed him or that they would have a decision to make so soon afterwards. Courtois went from an intriguing prospect to a world class keeper in just three years and his tremendous growth forced Chelsea and Jose Mourinho’s hand. In order to ensure they did not lose Courtois to another club, Chelsea had to demote Petr Cech to the bench despite his standing at the club.
John Terry on Petr Cech’s demotion:
“It is very hard to take for big Petr but he is Chelsea through and through and has been unbelievable in the way he has responded in training and in his attitude. Some players throw their toys out of the pram, and Petr 100 per cent has not done that. He is fighting for his place. How long can he fight for his place? I don’t know that. That is a decision for him and the club to decide but we have got two of the best keepers in the world. Petr has done it for many years and if Thibaut can replicate that, it will take some doing.”
Source: Sky Sports
Thibaut Courtois has performed admirably so far this season and has vindicated Jose Mourinho for his choice of making him the number one keeper. To Cech’s credit, as Mourinho and Terry have pointed out, the veteran has said and done all of the right things since losing his place.
Cech is the consummate professional and his reaction is exactly what was expected of him. Chelsea is a better club with Petr Cech in the squad but he certainly deserves to be a first choice keeper at a world class club. So if he does move on then it will be with the blessing of his club and the supporters as well.
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