Who is Chelsea’s best goalkeeper of the past 20 years? We want you, our Asian fans, to tell us as we begin selecting our Ultimate XI of the past decades.
Over the next few weeks, we will be taking a look at some of the best players who have worn our famous blue kit during the 21st Century and asking you to vote for the top players in each position.
Naturally we’re starting at No1 with four of the most outstanding goalkeepers to play for the Blues.
Chelsea debut: Skonto Riga (a), Champions League, 25.08.99
Clean Sheets: 96+5
Honours: FA Cup 2000, 2007, League Cup 2005, Chelsea Player of the Year 2002
Carlo Cudicini spent a decade at Stamford Bridge and was a popular figure with fans who voted him Chelsea’s Player of the Year in 2001/02. An excellent shot-stopper, he saved six of 12 penalties he faced as a Blue and played a key role in our qualification for the Champions League in 2003.
Chelsea debut: Manchester Utd (h), Premier League, 15.08.04
Clean Sheets: 227+1
Honours: Premier League 2005, 2006, 2010, 2015, FA Cup 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, League Cup 2005, 2007, 2015, Champions League 2012, Europa League 2013, Chelsea Player of the Year 2011
A true Chelsea legend, Petr Cech won every major honour with the Blues including four Premier League titles, four FA Cup and the Champions League. A three-time winner of the Premier League Golden Glove as a Chelsea player, he also holds the club record of 227 clean sheets.
Chelsea debut: Burnley (a), Premier League, 18.08.14
Clean Sheets: 58
Honours: Premier League 2015, 2017, FA Cup 2018, League Cup 2015
Thibaut Courtois enjoyed a productive spell at Stamford Bridge from 2014 to 2018 when he won four major honours with the Blues. Tall and agile, he kept 58 clean sheets including 16 in our Premier League-winning campaign in 2016/17 which earned him the Golden Glove award.
Chelsea debut: Huddersfield (a), Premier League, 11.08.18
Clean Sheets: 31
Honours: Europa League 2019
Signed from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, Kepa Arrizabalaga is an agile shot-stopper who is confident coming off his line and playing with the ball at his feet. His saves in our penalty shootout win over Eintracht Frankfurt in last season’s Europa League semi-final were crucial as we won the competition for a second time.