Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Thibaut Courtois is the best goalkeeper in the world.
The Blues have been rocked by the news that Courtois requires knee surgery and is likely to be sidelined for the next few months, with Mourinho describing it as a “big blow” in his pre-match press conference.
“It is not easy to have the best goalkeeper in the world injured,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by BBC Sport on Friday.
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Mourinho named Courtois and Petr Cech, who left Chelsea for Arsenal earlier this summer, as two of the world’s top three goalkeepers alongside Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer earlier this year.
But the revered Portuguese coach is in no doubt that Courtois is now the best in the business after a full season working with the Belgium international.
Courtois is arguably the world's best goalkeeper
Mourinho might be biased with his assessment, but the Chelsea manager’s statement is far from outlandish.
Courtois was arguably the best goalkeeper in the world during the 2013-14 campaign, when he helped Atletico Madrid win their first La Liga title since 1996, and he impressed during his debut season in the Premier League last term.
Some will argue, though, that both Neuer and Manchester United’s David de Gea are at least on the same level as Courtois - if not above the 23-year-old.
De Gea was magnificent for Manchester United last season, while Neuer’s unorthodox style - combined with his achievements for Bayern Munich and Germany - means he is currently widely regarded as being the world’s best goalkeeper.
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