Unrest Amidst Chelsea’s Goalkeeping Corps
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 5, 2016
Speculation and rumours regarding both Thibaut Courtois and Christophe Lollichon have been red-hot ever since former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech departed the club for a move to Arsenal.
Lollichon, for those of you who do not know, started his professional career as a goalkeeper coach with Rennes in France in which he managed to meet and train Cech. Lollichon and Cech developed a strong bond which led to several titles being won between the both of them – the biggest one being the Champions League in 2012. A couple years after Cech’s arrival at Stamford Bridge Lollichon joined him and together they won several trophies. Fast-forward to the summer of 2015 and Petr Cech is now a part of Arsenal after having been forced out by Courtois and Lollichon is not.
For a while some rumours were spread about that Lollichon would join Cech at Arsenal and that Courtois’ former mentor at KRC Genk, Guy Martens, would replace Lollichon. None of that ever happened and both Courtois and Lollichon were left with some unrest regarding their situation. Soon after the 2015-2016 Premier League season began, trouble continued to brew behind the castle walls of Stamford Bridge and both Jose Mourinho and Eva Carneiro began their own dispute regarding the treatment of players on the field during matches. All of this unrest and much more played a part in Chelsea’s nightmare of a season and it seems that the same may be happening now with new Chelsea boss – Antonio Conte.
When Conte signed on as the manager of Chelsea F.C. he stated that he wanted to bring in some of his backroom staff to help him out and the club allowed it. It was later then said by the Chelsea board that Lollichon would stay at Chelsea and Conte would not be allowed to bring in someone to replace him. This led to more unrest by both Courtois and Conte as they wanted a new goalkeeper coach. However, recent reports from The Sun state that Conte will now be allowed to bring in Gianluca Spinelli from the Italian National team to either replace Lollichon or to simply diminish his role at the club.
Spinelli and Conte both began their work together in the Italian National team and both Conte and Courtois are eager to have Spinelli join them in London. If Spinelli is not allowed to join then it is rumoured that Courtois would be more than inclined in pursuing his career elsewhere in Europe, namely in Spain where he amassed success with Los Colchoneros. Thus Courtois has basically forced Chelsea, yet again, to choose between him or Lollichon.
Furthermore, if both Courtois’ and Conte’s pleads to bring Spinelli on are appeased, then that means that Chelsea backup goalkeeper and Bosnian shot-stopper, Asmir Begovic, will be forced to look elsewhere in search of more playing time. This would leave Chelsea with only one first-team goalkeeper, Courtois, and nobody lined up to replace him in case of injury, since Marco Amelia was released by the club a few weeks back alongside Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao.