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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Petr Cech puts his team first, says John Terry

John Terry returns for Chelsea against Newcastle
John Terry returns for Chelsea against Newcastle
Petr Cech is set to keep his place in goal for Chelsea against Hull

Chelsea captain John Terry praised Petr Cech's attitude after the goalkeeper again had to watch on from the substitutes' bench as Thibaut Courtois starred in the Champions League.

Courtois made a number of fine saves to help Chelsea to a 1-1 last-16 first-leg draw at Paris St Germain on Tuesday night.

The Belgium goalkeeper has this season claimed the number one jersey Cech has worn with distinction for a decade and appears to be Jose Mourinho's first-choice, starting at the Parc des Princes despite Cech's heroics in last week's Premier League defeat of Everton.

Terry said: "It's unlucky for Petr because he made two unbelievable saves against Everton. I have seen a lot of players throw their toys out of the pram but Petr has been different class for the team, which has been important for the squad.

"Credit to him, he's not even rumbled or sent shockwaves through the dressing room.

"The manager stresses the importance of the team coming first and he's done that, Thibaut too.

"They're both there for the whole squad. They have both been excellent."

Mourinho has described his goalkeeper selection as "easy" as both are among the world's best. Terry agrees.

The Blues skipper said: "We have the two best keepers in the world in my opinion both fighting for one place - it's difficult.

"You can't keep them both happy. The manager manages to do it, I don't know how.

"They want to play all the time but the two of them are at the top of their game. So rotating them at certain times and picking them is tough."

Since Courtois returned from his three-year loan at Atletico Madrid as number one, there has been speculation of Cech leaving Stamford Bridge.

And Chelsea could be forced to sell the 32-year-old signed from Rennes in 2004 in the summer, when he will enter the final 12 months of his current contract.

"He is good enough to play for anyone," Terry added.

"He's been worth 10, 12 points to us every season. He still has a lot to give and is fighting for his place."

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