Gary Cahill says Chelsea are blessed to have Courtois and Cech

Thibaut Coutois

The Chelsea defender sees having two top class goalkeepers as a positive for the club.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has said the side is blessed to have two goalkeepers like Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech at the club.

The battle for the number one goalkeeping spot has been one of the big talking points surrounding the club this summer and going into this season, but Chelsea's centre-back seems to be of the opinion that having both at the club's disposal is a good thing.

He told the official Chelsea website: "We’re blessed to have two of the best goalkeepers around at this moment in time which is good for the team.

"Pete pulled off many great saves for us last season and Thibaut did the same on Saturday to keep us in the game."

For now, it seems that manager Jose Mourinho favours Courtois having selected him for their opening Premier League wins against Burnley and Leicester City instead of the more experienced Petr Cech - and the Belgian has impressed in both games by making crucial saves and commanding his area well.

There has been speculation that the 32-year-old may look for another club having been relegated to the substitute's bench following 10 years at the club's number one, during a time when it has been the club's most successful era.

But Courtois, who is 10 years younger than Cech, impressed during his lengthy loan spell at Atletico Madrid and age is said to be a factor in Mourinho's reasoning for selecting the Belgian. However, he has not ruled out Cech featuring heavily this season, but has said he wants him to fight for his place.

It is hard to think of another club that has two gifted goalkeepers part of their squad, and if either man were to get injured, the Blues would know they'd be in safe hands.

Being defensively solid is likely to be a big part of any success Chelsea have this season, so having top quality goalkeepers behind a back four is of utmost importance.

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