Guarding the other end
Inside Blue Fri 27 Oct 2017
Chelsea’s visit to Bournemouth this weekend should see us taking on former Blues goalkeeper Asmir Begovic who has established himself as the Cherries’ first-choice custodian since his summer switch to the Vitality Stadium.
The Bosnian international made 33 appearances and collected a Premier League winner’s medal in two seasons at Stamford Bridge before his move from south-west London to the south coast where he has started in the first nine games of Bournemouth’s league campaign.
If Begovic does make it 10 in a row by starting against Chelsea on Saturday, he would join a very exclusive club of goalkeepers who have attempted to frustrate the Blues in the Premier League after leaving the Bridge.
Dave Beasant was Chelsea’s goalkeeper for our first-ever Premier League match against Oldham in August 1992 but he fell out of favour with manager Ian Porterfield soon afterwards and left for Southampton a year later after finding himself as our third-choice goalkeeper under Glenn Hoddle.
He spent four seasons at the Dell and played against Chelsea on six occasions in the Premier League, conceding nine goals as the Saints beat the Blues twice, drew once and lost three times. Beasan then joined Nottingham Forest in 1997 and faced us twice in the league in 1998/99 with the Blues winning both games, 2-1 at the Bridge and 3-1 at the City Ground. His last game against us was in the FA Cup in January 2000 when we beat Forest 2-0 en route to winning the competition.
Craig Forrest was one of five goalkeepers used by Chelsea in the 1996/97 season when he made three late-season appearances after joining us on loan from Ipswich Town. The Canadian international subsequently left Ipswich for West Ham United in the summer of 1997 and was in goal for the Hammers at the Bridge the following season when he was beaten by an own goal by Rio Ferdinand and a superb free-kick by Gianfranco Zola in the Blues’ 2-1 victory.
Forrest also played for West Ham in two Premier League matches against Chelsea in the 1999/2000 season with both games ending goalless.
Little-known when he was signed from Italian side Castel di Sangro as a 25-year-old in 1999, Carlo Cudicini spent a decade with Chelsea, appearing in 216 games and becoming a fan favourite with Blues fans before he moved to Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer in January 2009.
He returned to Stamford Bridge with his new team the following September but could do little to prevent Carlo Ancelotti’s side from romping to a 3-0 league win thanks to goals by Ashley Cole, Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba. His only other match against the Blues was in the 2012 FA Cup semi-finals when Spurs suffered another heavy defeat, losing 5-1 at Wembley.
Petr Cech left Chelsea in the summer of 2015 after 11 hugely successful seasons which saw him winning numerous individual and team honours including four Premier League titles and the 2012 Champions League.
Since his relocation to Arsenal, the Czech has got the better of his former team only once in five Premier League matches, a 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium last year. Chelsea have won three of those games including a memorable 3-1 triumph at the Bridge last February while our most recent meeting in September ended goalless.
Cech has enjoyed better luck against the Blues in the Community Shield, helping his current side to victory against us in the curtain-raiser in 2015 and this year.