It has been one of the most interesting sub-plots during the run-up to the new Premier League season, as Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech battle it out for the starting position at Chelsea in the Premier League. According to the Express, the young Belgian has won the right to start against Burnley in the Blues’ opening game, further fuelling speculation that Cech will leave the club.
Coutois has been a Chelsea player for three years, but has spent his career so far at Spanish champions Atletico Madrid. The ‘keeper has returned to his parent club this summer after 3 years on loan at last year’s Champions League finalists. It is believed that Courtois has only agreed to return upon the stipulation that he will be first-choice between the posts, despite Cech’s legendary status at Stamford Bridge.
According to the Express, though, Courtois is to be the happier of the two players tonight. Cech is expected to start on the substitute’s bench, which is something that he is almost entirely unfamiliar with. The Czech Republic international has won 3 Premier League crowns, a Champions League winners medal and plenty more domestic trophies during his period of prominence at the club.
This season’s Chelsea is expected to have an especially new look about it, however, and Courtois is just one component of the new Jose Mourinho era. The Belgian is likely to be joined by the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis and Diego Costa in the first-team over the following weeks, as Chelsea aim to win the competitions that eluded them last season.