Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that, in his opinion, Petr Cech is currently a better goalkeeper than Thibaut Courtois.
The Portuguese coach was speaking to Yahoo about players he will miss watching at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil - and included Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale, whose national teams failed to qualify for the tournament.
But it was Mourinho’s comment about his current No. 1, Cech, which caught the eye. The self-proclaimed 'Special One' appeared to suggest that he regards the 31-year-old as a better goalkeeper than Courtois, who is poised to return to Stamford Bridge this summer after three successful seasons on loan with Atletico Madrid.
"There are others,” Mourinho said. “I have in my team the best goalkeeper in the world (Cech) and he's not at the World Cup."
Courtois, incidentally, will be at the World Cup finals - as Belgium’s first-choice ‘keeper ahead of Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet. The 21-year-old revealed recently that he has never spoken to Mourinho, who said in his pre-match press conference today that the reason for that is because Chelsea could meet his loan club Atletico Madrid in the next rounds of the Champions League.
Courtois has cemented his reputation as the world’s best young goalkeeper during his successful spell at the Vicente Calderon - and has made it clear to Mourinho that he is not prepared to return to Stamford Bridge merely to play second-fiddle to Petr Cech, who stated earlier this week that he is not worried about losing his first-team place.
However, that appears to be a realistic possibility, with former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino even stating that Mourinho might be tempted to sell Cech this summer.
On the evidence of the Chelsea’s managers latest quotes, however, that seems extremely unlikely.
Chelsea fans: is Cech a better goalkeeper than Courtois? Have your say in the comments section below.