Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has spoken out about his relationship with teammate Petr Cech after being replaced by the Czech Republic international for the Blues' previous fixture against Everton.
The Belgium international, who was taken out of the firing line by manager Jose Mourinho after a couple of unconvincing performances, does not believe that training alongside Cech will necessarily improve his game - but admits competition with the former Chelsea No. 1 spurs him on.
"It is not really that I will improve a lot being at his side, but I know how he trains and the level we are achieving in training is so high that you improve," the 22-year-old said in an interview with UEFA.com.
"if he makes a great save, you want to make a great save too. So I think we keep each other on a very high level, which is really nice. He has been a world-class goalkeeper for so long.
"If he says something, if he knows something that you maybe don't know about the Premier League, you listen and you can learn from that."
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Courtois dropped for Everton clash
Mourinho made the tough decision to drop Cech, who had been Chelsea's first-choice keeper since his Stamford Bridge arrival in 2004, in favour of Courtois last summer.
Had the Portuguese coach opted to stick with the former this would have left Chelsea at serious risk of losing Courtois, who was arguably the best goalkeeper in the world over the course of 2014.
Without the 6ft 6in Belgian it's highly unlikely Atletico Madrid would have reached the Champions League final or won their first La Liga title since 1996 last season.
Mourinho has stuck with Courtois all season - and has subsequently reaped the rewards for doing so - but decided to give the young star a break for the Everton clash.
Courtois signed new deal in September
The Chelsea boss now finds himself in a position where, if he sees fit, he can drop Courtois without fearing the world-class goalkeeper will be tempted to seek a move away from Stamford Bridge.
That's because in September Courtois signed a new five-year deal with the west London outfit - keeping him tied to the club until 2019.
Mourinho's PSG dilemma
Mourinho is now faced with a huge decision ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League last 16 first leg against Paris Saint-Germain: does he stick with Cech or bring Courtois back into the fold?
Cech has only made a handful of appearances this season, so selecting him for arguably Chelsea's biggest match of the season would represent a big gamble on Mourinho's behalf.
But Courtois was poor against both Manchester City and Aston Villa. A similarly nervy performance could cost Chelsea dearly ahead of next month's second leg.
In terms of quality, Courtois is the better goalkeeper - but it's imperative Mourinho monitors the player's state of mind prior to making a final decision over his team selection on Tuesday night.
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