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Arsenal legend David Seaman rates Thibaut Courtois over David de Gea

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has given Chelsea shot stopper Thibaut Courtois the edge over Manchester United’s David de Gea heading into this weekend’s showdown between the two Premier League clubs.

The question as to which young goalkeeper is the best in England has been the topic of debate since the Belgian arrived in London this summer following his loan spell with Atletico Madrid.

Courtois has displaced Chelsea’s long-serving goalkeeper Petr Cech and played a significant role in the club’s pursuit of a Premier League title. While De Gea almost single-handedly kept United in the race for the top four during the better part of the season.

Seaman, who won nine major trophies with Arsenal and was capped 75 times by England, gave Courtois the edge over his Spanish counterpart when asked which goalkeeper he preferred during an interview with Sky Sports News HQ.

“For me it’s Courtois,” Seaman said. “He’s been solid and shown his class. At Chelsea you don’t get a great deal to do [as a goalkeeper], but when he’s been called on he’s been fantastic.

“De Gea had a really dodgy start, but he’s shown his character and he’s now showing everybody why Manchester United bought him. He’s a quality keeper who makes some fantastic saves.

“Going back to Courtois – apart from the goal he let in against Charlie Adam [the 60-yard strike] he’s had a great season. I’d tell him: ‘Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us!'”

Programming note: Chelsea vs. Manchester United will be shown LIVE on Saturday at 12:30pm EST on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra.

 

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Fred the Red

    April 19, 2015 at 1:22 am

    De Gea has been in front of a firing squad all season dealing with a back 3 then a back 4 rotating center halfs. We haven’t had any consistent defenders everyone has suffered dips in form or injuries which resulted in the promotion of Paddy McNair from the reserves.
    Courtois has Terry and Cahill in front of him with Azpi and Ivanovich flanking them with Matic sitting deep. That’s an incredibly solid back 4 plus Matic. They’re all experienced players.
    It’s a complete contrast between the two when it comes to being protected.
    De Gea has been short handed by his teammates with bouncing back passes and numerous errors of that ilk.

  2. Opti

    April 16, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Based on those Stats in the figure, The two players are basically identical with DDG barely out-shining Courtois (saves per game, catch success ratio, clean sheets).

    I have not watched much Chelsea this year, but the Adams goal makes him look very bad 🙂

  3. Aaron

    April 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Best keeper in the PL? That’s easy. Simon Mignolet.

    • San Fransiscan

      April 16, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      LOL! good one.

    • jtm371

      April 16, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      Might want to take a trip to Lenscrafters. 🙂

    • Aaron

      April 18, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      To all the negs, every heard of SARCASM? Christ….

      • Guy

        April 19, 2015 at 7:43 am

        Always use the winky man, Aaron. 😉 😀

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