Aug 15, 2014, 8:30 AM EST
With time for a move in the transfer window getting shorter and shorter, manager Jose Mourinho is not tipping his hand as to who is his starting goalkeeper… even for Monday’s opener against Burnley.
Saying “it’s a big problem for me”, Mourinho would not say who will play on Monday and added that the players don’t know, either. Mourinho claims he has two of the three best keeps in the league and that it’s a great problem for him to deal with.
Only it isn’t. Courtois, 22, has shown his displeasure for being in these situations and gave plenty of warnings to his Chelsea boss via press conferences while starring in Atletico Madrid’s runs to the La Liga title and UEFA Champions League final.
The young Belgian goalkeeper also proved he wasn’t afraid of rocking the international boat when he claimed Simon Mignolet‘s disappointment at being named his backup was a slight.
Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Cech is only one of the most accomplished goalkeepers in the world and not a bad age for a goalkeeper. All things equal most managers would prefer to stick with the 22-year-old, but Cech clearly has a lot of support in the dressing room at Stamford Bridge.
It’s not a pretty way to start a season as Premier League title favorite, but Mourinho will be forced into making a decision for Monday… and many big clubs across Europe will be angling to take his ‘No. 2′ off his hands.
The feel is that Courtois is going to be chosen and, unless Mourinho and Cech have an understanding, the Czech star will make a move across the continent (Real Madrid would make sense). Even a short-term loan to delay the decision seems to be too rancorous, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for the Blues’ Starting XI.
Dec 28, 2014, 10:00 PM EST
Jonjo Shelvey is apparently “lazy” and lacks focus on the field, and Garry Monk is tired of it.
Dec 28, 2014, 8:00 PM EST
A point against Chelsea was nice, but Southampton have passed a much bigger test of late.
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Dec 28, 2014, 7:30 PM EST
Two games in 48 hours — too much and managers/players have a point, or not a big deal and they should stop whining?
Dec 28, 2014, 7:00 PM EST
Three straight league losses and Roberto Martinez is beginning to feel the heat just a bit.
Dec 28, 2014, 6:00 PM EST
In the last Premier League game of 2014, Liverpool host Swansea.
Dec 28, 2014, 4:40 PM EST
Harry wants Aguero, presumably because he’s already signed every other player in the world.
Dec 28, 2014, 4:23 PM EST
It’s a super talented bunch with loads of top-notch prospects.
Dec 28, 2014, 3:35 PM EST
After 19 weeks of the PL, here’s the top storylines so far.
Dec 28, 2014, 3:19 PM EST
Could Alan Pardew be heading home to London?
Dec 28, 2014, 2:28 PM EST
The final heavy match day in the Premier League for 2014 had goals, ejections, upsets and disallowed scores.
VIDEO — Allardyce furious with disallowed opening goal against Arsenal: “Officials clearly got it horribly wrong”
Dec 28, 2014, 1:44 PM EST
It was a poor call in our books, but it stands.
Dec 28, 2014, 1:12 PM EST
Newcastle moved back above Everton and into 10th place on the table with 23 points. The Toffees are in 12th with 21.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:28 PM EST
The entire R’s family has joined the world in hoping for the best, as 162 people are missing.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:19 PM EST
Mourinho claims Chelsea are being victimized for simulation, as Fabregas denied penalty kick.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:11 PM EST
They’re still bottom of the table, but not by much anymore.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:09 PM EST
The point Sunderland pulls four points clear of the drop zone, while Aston Villa is a point above the Black Cats.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:03 PM EST
City remains three points back of Chelsea, and now sit 7 points ahead of No. 3 Manchester United.
Dec 28, 2014, 11:59 AM EST
There was little for fans to latch onto at Loftus Road, and it appropriately ended goalless.
Dec 28, 2014, 11:59 AM EST
What stood out from the clash at St Mary’s? Here’s three things.
Dec 28, 2014, 11:55 AM EST
One quality goal from the Stoke forward plus one lucky one meant West Brom slumped to yet another defeat.
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