Chelsea latest: Courtois won't play for Chels, Blues to WRECK City says Ivanovic, more

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The cohabitation of two elite-level goalkeepers at one club is an impossibility, according to the father of Chelsea's developing shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois, who doubts his son will represent the Blues while Petr Cech remains the guardian of the goal-line.

Atletico Madrid are currently atop La Liga, with a 57 point haul after 22 match-days and just 14 goals conceded - two fewer than Barcelona, who trail Atleti by three points also.

'Chelsea have a good goalkeeper in Cech, so cohabitation with both is not possible,' Courtois's father told RTBF, a Belgian news outlet. 'Alternating between the two is possible on paper but this is not what we want. This is not a situation we want.

'For now, we expect to discuss with Chelsea but it is impossible for Courtois to join a club to be their number two, and the conclusion is the same for Petr Cech.'

Valued at £22m by, Courtois has kept 11 clean sheets in 22 Primera Division games thus far this season, two clean sheets in the Champions League and conceding just 17 times from a combined 27 games.

Elsewhere, defender Branislav Ivanovic is confident the Blues can derail Manchester City's title bid this evening, with the Standard attributing a headline to him suggesting the Serbian said Chelsea can 'wreck' their opponent's run.

'We are staying together, we are fighting together, we control the ball well and we know the performances of team-mates better — a lot of small details that we have improved. This is the biggest challenge for us this season but I think we are ready for it.

'We have to be focused. It can be psychologically very important and very good for us and we will try to do everything to stay fighting for the title until the end of the season.'

City defender Pablo Zabaleta doubts Chelsea will attempt enough attacking plays to warrant a wreckage to even take place, claiming that, despite Jose Mourinho's attempts to claim otherwise, that they will drive up in their club coach and park it right in front of the goal just to attempt to claim a point.

Zabaleta told the club's official website: 'Chelsea have some good players and one of the best defensive records in the league, so we'll need to move the ball quickly when we attack and try to break. It is hard sometimes to play against sides that come to defend. But it's something we have to be ready for because everyone knows how strong we've been at the Etihad.

'Some teams may come and defend for 90 minutes but it's up to us to figure out a way through.'

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