Stoke City hold Chelsea to an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had decided to rest some of their key players indicating their focus on their Champions League fixture against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek. Goals from Bertrand Traore and Mame Biram Diouf threw this simmering clash into explosion.Here are the five talking points from this game.
#5 Thibaut Courtois - A Beacon of Hope
Chelsea are having one of their worst seasons in the Abramovich era. With league and top four already out of their reach, the Blues hardly have anything to cheer about. Even in this hour of despair, there is a sense of optimism ringing in and around the Stamford Bridge. The reason for that is a certain Belgian. No, he’s not Eden Hazard but the 23-year-old shot-stopper, Thibaut Courtois.
The lanky stopper more often than not has bailed Chelsea out from the troubled waters. Today, it was an inspirational performance by the goalkeeping protégé. His exemplary shot-stopping coupled with exceptional positional sense was a joy to behold. Although, it was his error which let Stoke claw their way back into the game, lest not forget if not for his heroics Chelsea would’ve had a mountain to climb in this tie.
Although Chelsea’s hopes of league glory are done and dusted but we all know Chelsea can pack a punch in knockout competitions. And Courtois’ presence in between the sticks gives them just enough edge in that department.