New Chealsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is confident that he can play an important role at Stamford Bridge this upcoming season.
Many critics are questioning whether the move by Jose Mourinho to bring the 40-year-old to Chelsea makes sense for the Blues. Schwarzer had five terrific seasons with Fulham but is now considered to be past his prime. New manager Mourinho believes the goalkeeper has plenty of good matches left in him and was the man responsible for convincing him to join the London club.
“I had a conversation with the manager and he told me his intentions for the season,” said Schwarzer. “He told me it’s an unbelievable club and this was a great opportunity to join such a fantastic club, so I decided to give it a go. I didn’t think twice after speaking with him. I’d had some doubts, but once I’d spoken to the manager those doubts disappeared pretty quickly.”
The Aussie will obviously start the season behind Petr Cech. The Czech international has served as the Blues keeper since 2004, making 292 appearances. Bringing in Schwarzer hasn’t been a problem for Cech one bit. The two appear to getting along great so far despite their different goalkeeping styles.
“Hopefully I can learn from him and maybe he might learn from me too. I think we can complement each other very well.” Schwarzer said.
Schwarzer made his debut for Chelsea over the weekend in a 4-1 victory against a Malaysia Xi in Kuala Lumpur. He continues to note that he is feeling better than ever even at 40.
“I feel incredibly well,” he stated over the weekend. “They say the older you get you try to hide your age. But I am not trying to hide my age. I am 40 years old but I feel incredibly well and I am holding my own, no problems whatsoever.”
For now the move by Mourinho looks like a smart one as they continue to develop their young talent Jamal Blackman.
The question is if Cech struggles early on, will the new manager feel the urge to start the Aussie in net? I can’t see this happening, much like I can’t see the sense in a title-challenging team bringing in a 40-year-old, no matter how good he feels.