Chelsea won their second game of the season today, defeating yet another newly promoted side Leicester City, following on from their opening win against Burnley on Monday.
The 2-0 scoreline paints a composed picture, but there is no doubt that this was far from an easy win. Indeed they had to fight for victory, and needed their new number one goalkeeper to be on top form. Which, of course, he was.
Thibaut Courtois returned to the club this summer from a very successful three year loan spell at Atletico Madrid and has dethroned Petr Cech as the club custodian already.
Today he highlighted why with another composed and stirring performance between the sticks, the highlight of which was a save from David Nugent.
Nugent was clean through on goal and it seemed as if he was going to slot it home for 1-0. However the Belgian charged off his line to prevent the one-cap England international. It was similar in style to the save he made against Lionel Messi in the World Cup. The Argentine was bearing down on goal in the final minute of the quarter-final tie, before Courtois shut him out. The difference in this case being, it was Nugent, not Messi.
But his catching, claiming and decision making all looks to be in top order. While he is also serene on the pitch, looking at ease with every action he does for the team.
After the game Mourinho was asked about Courtois' performance, and did not get carried away, simply stating to Sky Sports:
"That's what Petr did so many times in this club year after year, so it's nothing new for us. It's important at a big club to have the kind of goalkeeper who's almost sleeping during the match, and suddenly in the right moment he says 'yes, I'm here'. Thibaut did this, the same way Petr did so many times for us."
But Chelsea fans were far less reserved in their praise on Twitter.
Here is a selection of the best reactions to Courtois's Chelsea performance against Leicester...
One player who deserves more credit is Thibaut Courtois. What a goalkeeper, he makes some match winning saves. Gold to have.— TheChelseaViews (@TheChelseaViews) August 23, 2014
Thibaut Courtois has cost Chelsea £2.8m so far. Just one example of how club's talent acquisition and loan policy has been a success. #cfc— Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) August 23, 2014
Looks like Thibaut Courtois is the new no. 1! Excellent game for him! #manofthematch— Siddarth Raghavan (@sidraghavan) August 23, 2014
Thibaut Courtois' first Chelsea clean sheet - 102nd of his young career. Excellent save to stop Nugent one-on-one at 0-0, too.— Oliver Todd (@oliver_todd) August 23, 2014
Courtois was excellent today. Long may it last— Unplayable (@backtothegoal) August 23, 2014
Courtois was superb today. Clutch saves and picking everything out in the air. And so clean too.— Peterson Hands (@trolleyLAMB) August 23, 2014
Superb 2-0 win but I'm going to comment on Courtois performance, I thought he was absolutely outstanding, saved us at 0-0— Drewsy (@drewsy1991) August 23, 2014
Stay seated, Cech. Courtois has it covered. Sensational save on the breakaway! #CFC— Mike Prindiville (@mprindi) August 23, 2014
Courtois is sensational. What a goalkeeper. Wow— Jordan (@Jord_Borussia) August 23, 2014
Courtois is too good. Some of the saves he pulled off, outstanding.— Josh Edwards. (@JoshCFC16) August 23, 2014
Courtois is a bloody incredible keeper! Give him a 15 year contract! Club legend in the making #CFC— Aarøn (@AaronPyper) August 23, 2014
Courtois is a God though. I love Cech but Courtois is the future and looks incredible.— Lucas George (@trxnsgression) August 23, 2014