Rob Green describes life as Chelsea's third-choice goalkeeper

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Imagine being a third-choice goalkeeper.

Training every single day but knowing that there is very little chance of you actually playing a first-team match.

That’s been the case for Rob Green at Chelsea this season.

Green finds himself behind the world’s most expensive shot-stopper in Kepa Arrizabalaga and the experienced Willy Caballero.

Despite the Blues reaching the League Cup final and the Europa League quarter-final, Green is still waiting for his debut after signing from Huddersfield Town - who he also didn’t make an appearance for - last summer.

And in an interview with BBC, the former England international has given a fascinating insight into life as a third-choice ‘keeper.

"It is not something I ever envisaged doing when I set out - thinking 'oh yeah I'd love to be a third-choice keeper' - but your situation changes as your career goes on,” said the 39-year-old.

"My involvement hasn't been as much as I would have liked but it was made clear from the start; if everyone remains fit that is the role I have got.

"I can't really complain when that is exactly how it has panned out."


But what does he do on a day-to-day basis - including match days?

"I go to all of the meetings, do all of the pre-match, do the warm-up and help in every way you can, whether it is collecting balls, saving shots or crossing balls in," Green added.

"Then, when the players are ready to come out on to the pitch, you are getting changed and more often than not at away games I find a cup of tea and go and sit in the stand."

Green sounds more like a mascot than a first-team player…


But does he feel like a proper Chelsea player?

"In a literal sense you are there as much as everyone else, but realistically no," Green replied. "You don't get that same motivation. There is not the same climax at the end of the week.

"There is not the same commitment in a physical or mental sense.

"You are disappointed when the team loses and delighted for them when they win but it is not you. It is something you are a part of but it is not you saving the shot."

Before you feel too sorry for Green, he’s earned around £300,000 since he arrived at Stamford Bridge on his £20,000-weekly wage.

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