One Chelsea player who knows a thing or two about setting records is their goalkeeper Petr Cech. The Czech Republic international arrived in London from French outfit Rennes back in 2004 he already had an impressive CV for one so young. He held the record for the Czech top flight when it came to time without conceding a goal after going 903 minutes without conceding for Sparta Prague.
But when he arrived at Chelsea he went about setting yet another record. After keeping a clean sheet on his debut against Manchester United he went on to later set a record of 1,025 minutes without conceding between 12th December 2004 and 5th March 2005; when Leon McKenzie scored for Norwich City the run was broken but history was made.
That record was eventually surpassed by Edwin Van Der Sar in 2010-11 but there must be something about Chelsea keepers and setting clean sheet records because they are at it again; but this time it is not Cech earning the plaudits.
On this occasion it is Thibaut Courtois; the Belgian number one stopper currently out on-loan at Atletico Madrid for a second season in a row.
When Los Colchoneros took on Celta Vigo this Wednesday gone it saw them face off against a former player in the form of Galician manager Abel Resino. Not only is he a former manager but he is also a former goalkeeper for the club between the years of 1986 and 1995 and is considered something of a legend at the Vicente Calderon.
Until the start of this season Resino held two prestigious records from the 1990-91 season in Madrid; for the longest streak without conceding a goal both at home and away.
The Belgian has however been cutting through these records. He beat the home record with a new tally of 819 minutes without conceding earlier in the season. However when Augusto Fernandez struck for Celta late on in Atleti’s 3-1 victory 681 minutes had passed since he last conceded a goal on the road; beating the previous record of 613 minutes set by Resino right in front of the old masters eyes.
Courtois will therefore go down in folklore as one of the Spanish clubs greatest keepers and recent reports suggest he will again be loaned out to the club next season.
But surely Chelsea are playing a dangerous game?
This is a keeper destined for greatness and yet they continue to fob him off to Spain as their unwavering faith in Cech continues.
If when the time comes Courtois tells Chelsea to stick it they will have only themselves to blame for losing one of the greatest young talents in world football.
Do you think Courtois should get the nod for next season?
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