Brad Guzan Respects Chelsea Counterparts and he knows how Thibaut Courtois exactly feels about establishing himself as No.1 admits the Aston Villa goalkeeper.
Both Guzan and Courtois had to wait for a long time be fore they could establish themselves as a first team player in their respective Engilsh Premier League teams.
Guzan had to wait for four seasons before breaking through into the Aston Villa side.
Courtois spent three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid but has now returned to the Blues and launched his bid to be the main man in goal.
“It’s a great feeling when you eventually establish yourself as No.1.
“It’s not easy being a goalkeeper because you have strikers trying to take your head off – and it’s different from outfield positions in that only one can play.
“You have to wait for your chance – or even your half-chance.
“You have to take it because you don’t know when the next one is coming around.
“Thibaut has gone to Spain, not knowing the language and league, and gone on to achieve individual and team accolades.
“Now he has come back and established himself as No.1 at Chelsea. Fair play to him!
“There’s nothing better that having the confidence of the manager and coaching staff.
“You want to be dependable and the guy the lads look to if an opposition player gets through the defence.
“You want them thinking that you’re going to come up with the goods and make a save at the vital time. You want that responsibility.
“You relish that opportunity to be No.1 – be the guy that’s going to hopefully help the team. That’s what it’s all about.”
Guzan is a big admirer of Courtois – and the man he replaced at the Blues, Petr Cech.
“Thibaut’s resume is outstanding.
“His accolades for the past few seasons at Atletico speak for itself. With Belgium too.
“He’s only 22 so these things are unbelievable.
“He’s a top, top keeper and someone Chelsea sees their future with.
“He’s someone who I believe is one of the top five goalkeepers in the world.
“Petr is a top, top goalkeeper and a top, top guy too.
“I chatted to him a few weeks ago when USA played the Czech Republic.
“Shay Given is the same here. I was fortunate to work with Shay and Brad who are legends of the game – some of the best goalkeepers to have played in this league.
“I am so fortunate to have worked with two of them. That just pushes me to be the best I can be. I have been very lucky in that aspect.”
– Aston Villa Football Club
We hope Courtois gets to learn from Cech as well. KTBFFH
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