There’s usually no definitive answer, as a lot of the time it’s people’s opinions and these tend to vary from person to person.
The goalkeeper is always the position that is discussed the most after all it can be seen as the most important part of a team, any mistake can lead to a goal going in which makes it so different from any other position in football.
Well Tottenham’s Lloris definitely has age on his side but age works in different ways when it comes to goalkeepers, we have seen Brad Friedel and Mark Schwarzer take the field at the age of 40.
What can’t be dismissed is what Cech has won at Chelsea, Premier League titles, FA Cups, League Cups, the European Cup and Europa League. He has simply won everything and numerous times in his career he has saved his team points and won games with his outstanding saves.
Lloris on the other hand is relatively new to the Premier League having joined Spurs in the summer of 2012. He had a rocky patch to start but he has now nailed down the number 1 spot at White Hart Lane.
There is no reason why he can’t be as good as Cech or even better than him, if you look at his performance in the North London Derby against Arsenal last weekend he made two outstanding clearances after coming out of his box.
This included an inch perfect tackle on Theo Walcott, which if he had mistimed would have been a certain red card.
Both goalkeepers are top quality and you can expect them both to be around for a while yet. If you were starting a new team and you picked a goalkeeper it would have to be Cech, he is still performing at the highest level despite many writing him off stating that he is over the hill and past his best. Every season it seems he proves them wrong by putting together yet another consistent season.
Teams that can find a number one ‘keeper that can hold down the position for a decade have a head start over every other team. The likes of David Seaman and Peter Schmeichel were so good for so long on winning teams, just look at Arsenal since Seamen retired they have struggled to find a long-term successor (with the exception of Jens Lehmann).
Being the best in the business has never fazed Cech before but he must be aware that there are a new generation of ‘keepers ready to fight for his spot at the top, David De Gea, Hugo Lloris and Asmir Begovic will push him all the way.
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