Three key areas Thibaut Courtois is better than David de Gea

In the second part of our investigation, HITC Sport looks at where the Chelsea goalkeeper trumps Manchester United's main man in between the sticks.

Having already looked at three areas where David de Gea trumps Thibaut Courtois, it is only natural to examine where the Chelsea shot stopper comes out on top.

Considered by many as the finest goalkeeper in the Premier League, the 22-year-old boasts an impressive defensive record so far this campaign, although he is - crucially - helped by having a rather impressive defence in front of him.

Regardless of the help he receives from his team-mates, however, there is no denying the Belgian's talent.

And there are three key areas in which that talent shines through when comparing Courtois to De Gea.

  PunchesCrosses ClaimedSaves From Shots Outside The BoxAppearances
David de Gea 1 9 13 14
Thibaut Courtois 4 28 19 14

As Opta stats show, Courtois is superior dealing with corners and crosses. The Blues stopper has, firstly, made three more punches than his Spanish counterpart this season.

More importantly, Courtois has also claimed a huge 19 more crosses cleanly in the air. In fact, if there is one weakness in De Gea's game this term that should be highlighted, it is his occasional error in the air.

The third key area in which the Chelsea man comes out on top is when saving shots from outside the box. Long shots have been stopped six more times by Courtois than De Gea, with an example of one the Spaniard failed to deal with being Steven N'Zonzi's goal for Stoke City on Tuesday night (although that had more to do with the quality of the striker).

Once again, however, the statistics prove nothing definitively... Who do you think is the better 'keeper?

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