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Thibaut Courtois made an incredible save – and it could spell doom for Petr Cech

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois pulled off an astonishing save in the Blues’ 3-0 pre-season friendly defeat to Werder Bremen, and the Belgian could now be favourite to land the No.1 jersey.

The 22-year-old made his Chelsea debut against the Bundesliga outfit and was given 45 minutes in which he conceded two goals, made an incredible save and then remained relatively untested before being replaced by long-term custodian Petr Cech.

Much of the talk around Stamford Bridge this off-season has focused on which keeper will be favoured by boss Jose Mourinho.

32-year-old Cech is about to embark on his 10th season in West London and has, for a long time, been one of the most reliable goalkeepers in world football. The Czech stopper has won a host of titles during his time at Stamford Bridge, including three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League, and is keen on retaining his place between the posts for the 2014/15 campaign.

However, Courtois, who joined the Premier League side in 2011 before being loaned out to Atletico Madrid for the following three seasons, is now back at Chelsea and is reportedly leading the race to be named Mourinho’s first-choice keeper.

And the Belgian will have done his chances no harm with a quite splendid save in his team’s somewhat laughable 3-0 defeat to Bremen.

Less than 10 minutes into the match, Courtois displayed lightning-quick reactions to beat away Franco Di Santo’s point-blank header (see video above).

Courtois, who helped Atletico Madrid to La Liga glory last season as well as a runners-up medal in the Champions League, donned the No.13 jersey during the pre-season friendly, though it is widely expected the youngster will be given the nod.

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