Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Mourinho to make cold call on keepers

Petr Cech has a fight on his hands to be Chelsea's number one this season
Petr Cech has a fight on his hands to be Chelsea's number one this season

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to "think in a pragmatic, cold way" to keep "two of the best three goalkeepers in the world" happy this season.

Mourinho hailed rivals Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech as the envy of the Premier League, but admitted he must "hide the emotions" in his selection conundrum.

And the Portuguese, whose side launch their new season at promoted Burnley on Monday night, acknowledged he will have his work cut out to appease both his front-line stoppers.

"In my opinion, with all the respect to fantastic keepers around the world, I think Chelsea has two of the best three goalkeepers in the world," the Blues boss said.

"And this is something unique.

"So is it a problem for me? It's a great problem because they are both fantastic goalkeepers.

"So to have Petr and Courtois is a good problem – one that every manager in every club would like to have."

Courtois excelled on loan at Atletico Madrid last term before starring for Belgium at the World Cup over the summer.

Mourinho will keep his two goalkeepers guessing as to who will start at Turf Moor, but also vowed to use both as equally as possible throughout the campaign.

"I don't tell you because they don't know – the team doesn't know," Mourinho said regarding his selection for Monday's match.

"I think it's not easy (to keep both happy). I don't think any manager is happy to see one player not in a very happy and comfortable situation.

"I'm not happy to see when other people are not very happy.

"And I can understand that for top goalkeepers that could play in every club in the world, here, one of them is going to be on the bench, and that's a difficult situation."

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