Jose Mourinho taking the pragmatic approach to choosing between Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal
Mourinho said he will try to "stimulate" whoever ends up No 2
Jose Mourinho says he has taken the emotion out of his goalkeeper selection decision between Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois. which he will deliver to his players at a team meeting on Sunday.
The Chelsea manager, whose side face Burnley on Monday night, will tell his players the starting XI at a team meeting at the training ground a day before the first Premier League game of the season, with the prospect that Courtois will take over from Cech, a fixture in the team for the last decade.
Mourinho said today that he will not confine whichever goalkeeper is left out to the occasional Capital One Cup tie, but instead will try to “stimulate” his No 2 with opportunities. Courtois, 22, has returned to Stamford Bridge after three great years on loan at Atletico Madrid, where he won La Liga last season
Mourinho said: “During the season if one is first choice, I have to stimulate the other one. I cannot have one of these two incredible goalkeepers on the bench waiting for a Capital One Cup game. I have to stimulate the competition and praise the top goalkeeper who is not my first choice. [Otherwise] the best way for me work is to think in a pragmatic way. Forget all the emotions around the situation and just decide what I think is best for the team.
Earlier he said of the decision: “It is not easy. No manager is happy to see a player who is not in a happy or comfortable situation. It is not easy for me. I like to see happy people. I am not happy when people are not happy. I can understand for a top goalkeeper who can play in any club in the world … one of them is going to be on the bench.
Video: Watch today's transfer news
“For Chelsea it is a great situation. For me as a manager thinking in a pragmatic way it is to have the best goalkeeper on the field.”
Both goalkeepers have just two years left on their contract. Asked whether Cech could potentially leave if he misses out, Mourinho said: “And vice versa, if Petr plays, Courtois could think about leaving. At the moment they are working well. We are so happy to have them both. I prefer to analyse it from that perspective.”
Mourinho conceded that in this, the second season of his second spell at the club, his team were “title contenders”. Long-serving Cech has been a fixture in the Chelsea team for 10 years, keeping more than 200 clean sheets and winning multiple medals
“The reality is I'm very happy with my squad and my club,” added the Portuguese. “The structure that supports me did fantastic work. I think I was good in the explanation of my needs, because the club was fantastic the way they were fighting to give me what I needed.
“My squad is very good, not perfect, but it's very good. We have finally also in the squad a significant number of young players who in the next couple of years will be considered home grown which is very important for Chelsea because in the last years it was only John Terry.”
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners given boost in hunt for Marco Reus, why Wenger signed Gabriel Paulista, no move for Cheick Tiote
Chelsea injury news: Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic could join Diego Costa on the sidelines for crucial Manchester City clash
Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea, Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester City, United want Gareth Bale
Australian Open 2015: Thanks to Amelie Mauresmo, it's no longer Andy Murray against the world
Danny Ings to Liverpool: Burnley striker wants move but loan-back is illegal, says Premier League
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Hard line on immigration could cost Tories the election