Courtois Versus Cech: Who Should Start in Goal for Chelsea Next Season?

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Courtois Versus Cech: Who Should Start in Goal for Chelsea Next Season?
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There was a time when Petr Cech was almost indisputably considered to be the best goalkeeper in the world. More recently however, his crown has been challenged by more than one other man, and his cause has not been helped by a few seasons in which he has not quite reached the form that we have come to expect from him.

Although Cech has played well this season, in Saturday's 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion, he did not put in the type of performance that is required of a Chelsea goalkeeper. He could have dealt with West Brom's first goal better, although you cannot blame him entirely. But for the second goal, there is no doubt that he should have mustered better dive as the ball trickled past him and into the goal.

One bad match does not mean that Cech is a bad player; far from it. Cech is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but although he is still relatively young at 31, you have to wonder when Thibaut Courtois will start to be integrated into this Chelsea setup. The young Belgian is making a name for himself with Atletico Madrid, and Chelsea cannot keep him on loan forever.

So when next season rolls around, who should start for Chelsea? Should Courtois get his chance to shine, or is Petr Cech still Chelsea's No. 1? Let's take a look at each player and decide.

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