Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said he doesn't know if he will be starting the weekend's League Cup final against Tottenham on Sunday.
Courtois has been Jose Mourinho's number one goalkeeper for much of the season, though he has given the odd game to long-time number one Petr Cech.
The Belgian is quoted in the London Evening Standard, saying: “He makes his decision like he does for all the players, the day before the game or the day of the game, when he puts his XI on the board and everyone sees who is playing or not.
“I’m never nervous. You have to be prepared to play, even if you end up not starting. Something can happen really fast in the game and you have to be ready to come on. You have to be ready even if you are on the bench. You have to be ready always. It’s a final, and anything can happen.”
Though Cech played in the early stages of the competition, it would be a surprise if he were to take the place of Courtois at Wembley, especially given the pivotal role he played during the semi-final against Liverpool where he made a string of fine saves to keep the Reds at bay. He was man of the match in both games, and people have pointed to his contribution as a significant reason as to why they are in the final.
With the way the Chelsea boss has handled having two top class goalkeepers at his disposal this season, with Cech also playing a role in a handful of league games this term as well as in the cup competitions, he has managed to keep the pair of them on their toes so they are prepared.
When Mourinho has been asked who his number one goalkeeper is, he has always stressed that he has two high quality goalkeepers at his disposal, but Courtois seems to be his preferred starter. A few eyebrows will be raised if Cech gets the nod ahead of him on Sunday.