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13. Thibaut Courtois

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14 hours ago, Captain Ahmed said:

You're alongside him in the locker room to assert this point of view. 

Isn't that a bit like saying, you can't call Oscar shit unless you've played with him? :blink: Isn't that a bit like saying, a detective can't deduce a murderer's motive, because he wasn't there when he was slinging the knife? :blink: We probably misunderstood what Hitler was about tbh, we weren't there in Germany.

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He is quite outlandish but I think it's something we've just got to be like 'meh' with it. 

The club have shown their desire to keep him though so it kind of just feeds into his ego. It was a massive thing for them to let Cech go at all, let alone for Arsenal, and they're not going to be in any rush to sell the one guy they had a sure-fire replacement in. The power-shift at Chelsea has been an interesting observation, our key players have shown desires/hints all hasn't been well and they could have jumped ship but the club has refused to entertain those - Costa for example. 

But now our 'key players' category has somewhat changed. Now it's players like Moses, Pedro, Kante who are in this bracket and less so Terry, Fabregas, Ivanovic. 

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4 hours ago, Gilvorak said:

Best goalkeeper in the League. Look at De Gea now that United aren't conceding 5/6 chances per game.

 

I read about every day an article of a current or ex-goalkeeper that says that having 10 chances against you every game is the easiest situation you can have as a goalkeeper. When you only have 1 or 2 chances against you every game, you're mentally drained after the game and it's ten times harder to make sure you do your job when those chances suddenly come.

I think that the general image of goalkeeping is completely wrong when you hear professional goalkeepers speak about their job.

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5 hours ago, Gilvorak said:

Best goalkeeper in the League. Look at De Gea now that United aren't conceding 5/6 chances per game.

Before he made 50 ridiculous mistakes every season but got enough chances to show he could make excellent saves too. And because he's United, the media loves him.

When De Gea only has 1 or 2 chances against him every game, people will see his true capacity. He will not be able to correct his ridiculous mistake 5 minutes later.

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I found some quotes on Courtois talking tactics with skysports. He likes tactics a lot from what I can tell. :)

It was a tough start. One that suggested Conte would need time. Instead, Chelsea are flying. And Courtois is convinced he knows why.
"I think it's the system," he says. "It not only gives cover for the goalkeeper, in general it's a good system. When one guy can drop down and you can still have four at the back, when one guy can put pressure high up and you still have a solid shape that's quite good.
"We've played it a few times with Belgium now too and it's a system that's very hard to play against. In the summer we were working on another system. It was after the Arsenal game that we decided to go to three at the back. Since then we have trained it constantly."

In fact, he speaks with the lucidity of a coach when discussing the details that have helped turn Chelsea's form around. In particular, the impact that the changes have made on his options as a goalkeeper.
"With a three you can put two in the middle, two wide and have your wing-backs open," he explains. "If the opposition full-backs close them they risk leaving the winger alone. Then I can maybe go to the winger. So it's hard for a team to really put you under pressure high."

 

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Courtois likes tactics since he was born, so playing under Martinez, Mourinho, Simeone and Conte must be a dream for him. He also has an opinion about everything and is a giant. So I can only see him as a coach or as an analyst after his career. And he has too much of an opinion to settle as an assistant-coach. So who knows he will be our coach in 25 years.

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5 hours ago, MCM4PR3Z said:

Courtois likes tactics since he was born, so playing under Martinez, Mourinho, Simeone and Conte must be a dream for him. He also has an opinion about everything and is a giant. So I can only see him as a coach or as an analyst after his career. And he has too much of an opinion to settle as an assistant-coach. So who knows he will be our coach in 25 years.

Martinez.... :lol:

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10 hours ago, LAM09 said:

Martinez.... :lol:

Martinez is a great tactical coach, just because he lost his grip on the players in his last 2 years in Everton doesn't mean he's a bad coach.

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13 minutes ago, MCM4PR3Z said:

Martinez is a great tactical coach, just because he lost his grip on the players in his last 2 years in Everton doesn't mean he's a bad coach.

Didn't he get Wigan relegated or did I imagine that?

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Absolutely fantastic performance from Courtois today. Not only did he keep us in the game when his teammates in front of him failed but he also stayed calm thoughout the game and distributed the ball brilliantly, something that you ABOLUTELY NEED from your GK in a high-tempo game like this.

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Courtois was the best goalkeeper worldwide besides passing abilities for sure. But if he keeps on passing the ball like this, Neuer is certainly history.

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I have been surprised by his passing and calmness on the ball. Great to see him celebrating at the other end as well.

Get that contract signed!

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1 hour ago, LAM09 said:

Didn't he get Wigan relegated or did I imagine that?

Shut up! He is a great couch....I mean coach.

Lol whats worse is some people actually believe he is a good coach.

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Teaching a goalkeeper footballing skills can't be that hard. In the beginning of last season, Matz Sels, the former goalkeeper of AA Gent. Was a disaster in passing the ball and at the end of the season he was almost the best Belgian goalkeeper I have ever seen in footballing skills. That was because his coach obliged him to train as a defender two times a week.

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23 minutes ago, MCM4PR3Z said:

end of the season he was almost the best Belgian goalkeeper

From what I hear now from Newcastle, he's anything but that. Most prefer their backup keeper, Darlow.

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3 minutes ago, LDN Blue said:

From what I hear now from Newcastle, he's anything but that. Most prefer their backup keeper, Darlow.

You didn't quote the whole part. I said in footballing skills ;).

But if Sels got a fair chance to get used to Newcastle, most fans would see he is far too good for their club. Sels is better than 80% of the PL goalkeepers for sure.

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1 hour ago, Polo7 said:

Shut up! He is a great couch....I mean coach.

Lol whats worse is some people actually believe he is a good coach.

Lol! 

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