Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that Petr Cech deserved to start in Sunday's Capital One Cup final, despite not being the club's number one goalkeeper any more.
Thibaut Courtois has nailed down that spot for himself this season, but Cech had started all but one of Chelsea's games in the League Cup this term.
That meant Mourinho had a tough choice to make ahead of yesterday's Wembley showpiece, did he show loyalty to Cech or pick the man in Courtois that is arguably the world's most impressive young stopper based on his form of the last 12 months?
Cech a rare sentimental choice
Eventually on the morning of the match Mourinho decided to give Cech the nod, despite admitting he toyed with the idea of going against his stance from the start of the season and picking Courtois.
Mourinho admitted as much in his post-match press conference, revealing: ‘I chose him because this was his competition, we made a decision to make Courtois our first-choice keeper because he is the young one, the future and he is amazing for his age.
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"We said this would be Petr’s competition, but when I started giving him a Champions League or Premier League match now and again, I opened the door for myself to play Courtois in this competition.
"I wanted to play him away at Liverpool and we were successful with that. They are both doing so well that everybody feels comfortable with every decision. I try to be fair and Petr deserved to play today but we all know Courtois deserves the cup as much as him."
Mourinho has made juggling act look easy
Chelsea have been able to enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to options between the posts this season, which is in many ways testament to Cech's loyalty and professionalism.
Mourinho also deserves credit for persuading the Czech international he's still important despite not playing every week, while also picking the perfect moment to bring Courtois back from Atletico Madrid.
Cech will be thankful Mourinho is a man of his word, because the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur may just be his last appearance for the Blues in a major final.
Courtois will be disappointed but at just 22 has plenty of time to enjoy these kind of occasions, which is Mourinho gets his way is something Chelsea will experience every single season given the scale of his ambition for a second spell at Stamford Bridge.
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