Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Maribor

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group G

Selhurst Park

Last Game

C Palace 1 - 2 Chelsea

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Souness: Cech over Courtois

Graeme Souness believes there is “an element of risk” if Chelsea decide to drop Petr Cech in favour of Thibaut Courtois for their Premier League opener against Burnley.

Last Updated: 15/08/14 at 14:58 Post Comment

Courtois: faced Cech in the Champions League last season

Courtois: faced Cech in the Champions League last season

Chelsea’s visit to Turf Moor is live on Monday Night Football and long-serving goalkeeper Cech now faces the stiffest competition of his Blues career to hang on to his place in the team.

Belgian youngster Courtois has garnered rave reviews throughout two seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid where he played against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final, and also won a La Liga medal.

But Sky Sports pundit Souness encouraged Mourinho to stand by Cech for now.

“Someone’s going to be an unhappy goalkeeper,” he told Sky Sports News.

“Cech has been arguably the outstanding goalkeeper in the Premier League for the past six or seven years. Just to drop him, I would say that is a risk.”

"Courtois has been outstanding in Spanish football and we saw him at the World Cup.

“He looks to be a quality performer but there’s still a question mark because he’s not done it in the Premier League. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t do it in the Premier League, but to just park Petr Cech, I think there’s an element of risk to that.

“I personally wouldn’t have done that. I’m reading the papers and it seems that’s what is going to happen. If it’s not broken, why try and fix it?

“Cech is a proper goalkeeper and I imagine in the dressing room he is a proper lad as well. So if he’s out of the team, sitting in that dressing room, he’ll have an influence.”

Instant impact

Mourinho splashed the cash on two other players from La Liga over the summer with Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa arriving from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in big-money moves.

Souness expects the two marquee signings to feature at Burnley although he has differing expectations of the Spanish pair.

He added: “Diego Costa – will he get the goals that will be the difference in a really tight game? He had a great season with Atletico last year. But at the World Cup he was a shadow of himself, that’s the only question mark you have there.

“There’s no questions to be asked about Cesc Fabregas, he’ll come in from day one.”

Burnley v Chelsea is live on Monday Night Football, 7pm, Sky Sports 1 HD.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

B

alotelli would've scored if the goals height was 3 times higher too...

footyfan52
Rodgers defends Balotelli

A

s if storey would ever get invited on a stag do

dooby
Does Wenger Know He's To Blame?

I

disagree. We sit here in our ivory towers looking down our noses at people we perceive tio be thick, but if Harry Redknapp and Tim Sherwood can do it, frankly, anyone can.........

HarryBoulton
Roy: Rooney can become manager

Footer 365

Arsenal to field Damian Martinez in Champions League v Anderlecht

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expected to field inexperienced goalkeeper Damian Martinez in the clash with Anderlecht.

Jamie Carragher: Don't play Balotelli v Real Madrid

Jamie Carragher would drop Mario Balotelli for the Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

Champions League: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale ruled out of Liverpool clash

Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid's squad to face Liverpool due to a muscle injury.

Mail Box

Is Van Gaal Just A Dutch Pardew?

A Mailbox of comparisons. Van Gaal is similar to Pardew, Wenger to Moyes, Van Persie to a spent force, and Pelle to a bloody gent. There's also plenty from last night...

Reimbursing Fans? How Patronising...

It's something of a return to form for the mailbox with mails on Southampton (Liverpool fans are cynical), the gorgeous Graziano Pelle, Arsenal, Spurs and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property