The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are loving life under Antonio Conte, with the Italian tactician’s methods pushing the Blues to the top of the Premier League table at the half way point…
The Blues have been impressive up and down the pitch, and whilst Diego Costa has taken much of the attention – no area of the pitch has impressed more than the defence.
Chelsea were a side that were leaking goals last year, and this season that has changed dramatically. Gary Cahill and David Luiz are the first names that come to mind when you consider the improvement – but one figure that should be demanding more credit is Thibaut Courtois.
The Belgian has been on fire this season, and whilst the defence has done a stellar job of defending him – stats would seem to suggest that there is no better option for the Blues between the sticks when it comes to keeping goals out.
As per OptaJoe on Twitter, Thibaut Courtois has kept three more league clean sheets this season than any other goalkeeper in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
See that Tweet below…
13 – Thibaut Courtois has kept three more league clean sheets in 2016-17 than any other goalkeeper in Europe’s big 5 leagues. Barrier.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 23, 2017
Everyone knew that Courtois had been impressive this season, but this record is just incredible. When you consider how highly rated the likes of Manuel Neuer and David De Gea are – this achievement is really put into perspective.
With Courtois recently being touted with a move to Real Madrid, Courtois’ fine form between the sticks for Chelsea would certainly seem to suggest that the Blues cannot afford to part with him – regardless of the money on offer.
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