GK: Petr Cech 2004-2015
This one seems obvious right? The legendary Chelsea FC goalkeeper was the best goalkeeper of the Premier league during his peak. He was also one of the best in the world. Nowadays he’s plying his trade at Arsenal where he isn’t quite as good. But still good.
In fact, Roman Abramovich and Mourinho thought so highly of him that they let him go to Arsenal, with Abramovich sanctioning the move to allow Cech more game time due to the new addition of Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian had pushed him out of the first team and normally the Russian billionaire owner would not even think about allowing a Chelsea player join Arsenal, their rivals, but Cech had been a loyal servant of the Blues and thus he was allowed to join the London rivals.
The Czech Republic international joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004 for £7m. Manager Claudio Ranieri wanted him initially to be the understudy to first team goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini. New manager Jose Mourinho came in for the 2004/05 season and due to injury to Cudicini, Cech was promoted to the first choice goalkeeper.
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He won the Golden Glove award in the 2004/05 season for keeping 21 clean sheets along with winning the Premier league title.
Cech won the Premier league in the following season and was named Czech footballer of the year.
In March 2005, Cech set a new Premier League record after playing for 1025 minutes without conceding a goal.
He sustained that horrific head injury in 2006 which kept him out of action for a while but since then he’s adorned the rugby helmet and has been just as good.
The towering goalkeeper went on to win two more Premier League titles with Chelsea in 2009/10 and 2014/15 along with winning the Champions League in 2011/12 and various other trophies.
His tenure at the club saw him play under many different managers at Chelsea which represented the turbulent time Chelsea faced after Mourinho’s first spell.
Cech played under Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Scolari, Hiddink, Ancelotti, Villas Boas, Di Matteo, Benitez, and finally Mourinho again.