Jose Mourinho explains decision to start Courtois, reveals how Cech took it

Petr Cech

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has explained his decision to select Thibaut Courtois for the club's Premier League opener against Burnley.

Jose Mourinho has laid down the challenge to Petr Cech to reclaim his place after selecting 22-year-old Thibaut Courtois for the club's match with Burnley.

The Belgian international won the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid last season, and had suggested previously he would rather be sold that sit on the bench all season.

Mourinho has looked to the future with his decision, and explained his assessment to SkySports:

"Before I had a very difficult decision to make, when you have Cudicini in goal for many years, I made the decision for Petr in 2004/05 because I had in my hands a 22-year-old goalkeeper who could be in goal for year and years. This is very similar.

"Petr is a goalkeeper who has been here 10 years, we have to think about future of the club and Courtois, we feel comfortable and safe having these two with us, its a fantastic situation.

"Petr is fantastic professional, he knew my decision this morn, he fought had for place during pre-season, he was in condition to be ready to play.

"How does he behave? In a professional way, which is what we expect from him. I hope he will fight for his palce, and will not sit n a comfortable place, he is a winner and a fighter."

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