Chelsea's Mark Schwarzer all praise for on-loan Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Chelsea goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer, was all praise for on-loan Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois following their Champions League tie on Wednesday. Courtois was signed by Chelsea in 2011 but has since been loaned out to Atletico Madrid. He played a key role on Wednesday denying Chelsea with a wonderful save when the scores were level.
Schwarzer said ” He is very special and it is no surprise that Chelsea signed him a couple of years ago, there has been a lot spoken about him and he has been outstanding. He was outstanding (against us) and he has a huge, huge career ahead of him.”
Commenting on Wednesday’s match, Schwarzer went on to say ” If we’d been a bit more lucky, and him a bit unlucky, we could have possibly got back into the game and created a few more nervy moments at the end for them. It wasn’t the case.”
Schwarzer is sure the youngster will have a bright future: “He did very well and it was no surprise that Chelsea signed him and want to keep him at the club. I wouldn’t be surprised if they give him a new deal. He’s had a fantastic season, as has Atletico. They’re top of La Liga and vying to win the championship and now the Champions League final too.”
On the comparison with Petr Cech and Courtois’ future role at Stamford Bridge: ” It’s a very tough decision and I’m glad I’m not the one that has to make it, I don’t have a clue what they will decide it on. They are both world-class keepers. I wouldn’t even say they are at different ends of their careers because Pete still has a long way to go in his. He can improve at 31.”
Courtois seems to be getting a lot of praise from the football world, including Gary Neville who believes that the 21 year old should be No 1 at Chelsea next season, ahead of Petr Cech.