Was Jose Mourinho worried when Petr Cech came on for Thibaut Courtois v Arsenal in Premier League?

José Mourinho Celebrates

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is full of praise for his goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech.

Thibaut Courtois had to be substituted during the London derby against Arsenal, but Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was not bothered with the forced change.

The Belgium international suffered a collision with Alexis Sanchez in the first half of the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Courtois came off in the 24th minute and was taken to hospital as a precaution, but Mourinho insists that he was not worried about the outcome of the match because of that change.

That’s because, Mourinho says, Petr Cech is an able goalkeeper and one of the top three in his position in the world.

‘We have two of the best three goalkeepers in the world’, Chelsea’s official website quotes the Portuguese as saying. ‘When one is injured and comes off, and the other one comes on, no problem. There is no change in my heart. I was so confident Petr would once more do a fantastic job for us.’

Cech has been at Chelsea since 2004 and is widely regarded as one of the best in the world, but this season he has lost his place in the starting line-up to Courtois.

The 22-year-old returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer after a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid, where he established himself as the best young goalkeeper on the planet.

During his time with the Spanish champions, Courtois won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Europa League once, while reaching the final of the Champions League last season.

The depth and strength of Chelsea’s squad is epitomised by Mourinho being able to keep Cech on the substitutes’ bench.

The Czech Republic international kept a clean sheet in his first league game of the season against Arsenal as Chelsea won 2-0, but he is likely to return to the bench when club football resumes after the two-week international break.

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