Vital Football

Latest Chelsea FC News

Courtois Is The Man!

Courtois Is The Man!

As Diego Costa powered in a close range header in the 83rd minute of the Champions League knock-out phase, he only had one man to thank for the significance of his goal. Thibaut Courtois, our 21 year old goalkeeper who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, pulled off two marvellous saves from a Kaka shot and Poli header, keeping Atletico on terms with Milan.

So the question about next season rears its head once again. Courtois really does look like the finished article, a powerful keeper who is both confident and agile. Do you think we should bring him into the first team next season, at the expense of our long-time stalwart Petr Cech? Questions, questions, questions.

The rumours of Costa for Courtois are also rumbling quietly in the background and, after the game, the 25 year old striker had this to say about his Belgian team-mate.

'Courtois is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.'

'It was a very difficult game against a big team but we have been able to withstand the pressure and at the key moment we sought the result.'

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone refused to celebrate too much after the victory, knowing the calibre of players and coach Milan possess at the moment.

With no less than Clarence Seedorf set to visit, Simeone added: 'I am absolutely calm. We know that the Champions League is difficult.

'It is a good step but there's a lot left to play. The result has been good but it cannot be trusted upon with a team like Milan. You have to work to keep going.'

Imagine having both of them? That would be a sight for sore eyes but I can't see Atletico giving us both of them.

What do you guys think?

Up the Blues!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday February 20 2014
Time: 9:41AM


We would be MAD to sell him. I just hope Mourinho / Roman arent so short sighted as to want to make a short term gain by selling him , rather than the greater long term gain
20/02/2014 10:21:00
No disrespect to Cech , but this guy is the business. If we are to compete with City , we MUST keep Courtois
20/02/2014 10:49:00
No disrespect to Cech , but this guy is the business. If we are to compete with City , we MUST keep Courtois
20/02/2014 10:49:00
Thank you for your services petr,courtios is the real deal
20/02/2014 11:34:00
Well Jose will never bench cech for him. And the ways things stand, he will want to sell him. There is this thing about Jose I don't like, may be he is trying to sell all our youth and quality players and sign his own players just so people can say he bought the players by himself. Or what is he trying to prove? Abramovic and Emenalo must find a way to protect these players for the next 3 years so that if Jose leaves anytime we won't have to start all over.
20/02/2014 11:37:00
@Killer..I dont want to bench preference would be to sell him.
20/02/2014 11:43:00
Both of them please.
20/02/2014 11:55:00
In fact I think a great deal would be to use Cech in a swap deal for Costa ..and for us to keep Courtois
20/02/2014 11:56:00
@Killer...Benching Cech would be to disrespect him. He needs to continue playing (for another club) He still has a substantial monetary value and in the days of FFP, we dont want to have him sat on the bench ) when we could use his value to obtain a player like Costa ( a striker we need) and to provide Atletico with a replacement for Courtois..- everyone's happy
20/02/2014 12:04:00
Both would be nice! :)
20/02/2014 12:23:00
Nice - but realistic?
20/02/2014 12:25:00
Atletico are officially a big contender in football nowadays. Kudos to simeone for the work he has done. if they happen to loose courtois and costa come summer it remains to know how they will cope or rather adapt
20/02/2014 13:08:00
Mou has already witnessed the capabilities of courtois firsthand in his time in spain and while he is seeing what petr cech is still capable of presently i am of the believe he will be in the best position to make a proper judgement
20/02/2014 13:12:00
This is why they would probably be keen to at least consider the deal where they get a (good) replacement for Courtois.
20/02/2014 13:23:00
IMO cech champions league, FA cup and league cup, courtois (premier league)
20/02/2014 13:58:00
I'm afraid, but if Mata couldnt "sit" on the bench, then neither can Petr...... ands thats a FACT!!!
20/02/2014 13:58:00
I'm afraid, but if Mata couldnt "sit" on the bench, then neither can Petr...... ands thats a FACT!!!
20/02/2014 14:01:00
@tunez, True!
20/02/2014 14:17:00
Thanks Kola, your head is there jere..... :)
20/02/2014 14:19:00
Tom you say "I can't see Atletico giving us both of them"? Well hang on, Courtois is our player so that's one sorted. Costa, well they won't give him to anyone, but sell him? Yes very likely as their financial problems are well documented, and I've no doubt that they'll push for some sort of deal that lets them keep Courtois. However I don't believe the club would sanction that, other strikers are available if push comes to shove. Killerpass, if your argument is correct, then Jose will also be flogging off Hazard & Oscar & would have long since sold Frank & Cech as none of them were signed by him. Do you seriously believe that Jose will do what is will make him look good rather than what is best for Chelsea? And if so, then by extension you must also believe that Roman & the board will stand back & let him? Or do you think that they are all idiots & wouldn't spot it? Sorry fellow Blue, but that is utter nonsense.
20/02/2014 17:12:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Chelsea Articles

Stats: West Ham United v Chelsea

All the stats from West Ham United (2) vs (1) Chelsea, London Stadium, 25/10/16 Att: 45,957

Team Sheets - West Ham v Chelsea

Chelsea go to the Olympic Stadium as the visitors to West Ham for the latest League Cup match.

Abraham The Chelsea Future

Tammy Abraham is enjoying a highly successful loan with Bristol City in the Championship this season, which has brought him an England chance at U21 level.

Mikel's Chance To Shine?

John Obi Mikel is very much part of the furniture at Chelsea now having been with the club for so long, but his time at Stamford Bridge looks to be winding down now.

Archived Vital Chelsea Articles

Vital Chelsea articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Stan Wenners
no email
no email
no email
Dylan M
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v West Ham United (a)
Suggested By:
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Chelsea Results (view all)

Chelsea Fixtures (view all)

Oct 26 2016 7:45PM : West Ham United (a)
Capital One Cup
Oct 30 2016 4:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 5 2016 5:30PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 20 2016 4:00PM : Middlesbrough (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 26 2016 5:30PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Michael Reid53
2.Kazuya Mishima49
Vital Football Comment