Chelsea: 5 Possible Goalkeepers to Play Understudy to Petr Cech in 2013-14

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Chelsea: 5 Possible Goalkeepers to Play Understudy to Petr Cech in 2013-14
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When it comes to goalkeepers, few clubs find themselves in a better position than Chelsea.

Not only do the Blues have Petr Cech in their ranks, widely considered one of world football's elite shot-stoppers, but they also possess the next big thing in Thibaut Courtois.

It is now all but certain that the Belgian international Courtois will be spending the next season in Spain with Copa del Rey holders Athletico Madrid, and that should allow him to continue his steady progress ahead of the FIFA World Cup in 2014. That, of course, leaves Jose Mourinho and the club with an important decision to make.

Ross Turnbull and Henrique Hilario were both released by the club recently, leaving Cech as the only senior custodian on Chelsea's roster.

Cech, 31, continues to be Mr. Indispensable for the West Londoners, and started in 36 of the Blues' 38 Premier League games in 2012-13.

But he too is only human.

Not only may he need a rest once in a while, but even Mourinho needs to have at hand a suitable deputy for Big Pete in case of an injury to the Chelsea No.1.

Here are five possible candidates the club might consider to serve as understudy to the mighty Petr Cech for the season 2013-14.

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