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Exclusive: Kevin Hitchcock believes Djordje Petrović “can become of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League” – Interview

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Over the summer Kevin Hitchcock spoke exclusively with The Byline Show on all matters, Djordje Petrović. Hitchcock is a former Chelsea goalkeeper who made 96 appearances for the blues joining in 1988, making his final appearance in 1999.

Kevin now works over in the United States at MLS club New England Revolution as a goalkeeping coach, where Petrović joined from over the summer in a reported £12m move.

Back in September we asked Kevin Hitchcock just how good Petrović was and how key he will hopefully be for Chelsea Football Club.

Following Robert Sanchez’ injury, Petrović has been involved in back to back starts resulting in two key victories, including a penalty shootout win over Newcastle.

When asked back in September about Petrović’s potential, Hitchcock said, “I think he can be one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. I really do. He has everything and he’s going to prove.”

In the clubs announcement interview, Petrović’ said he wanted to wear the number 99 shirt but Premier League rules state a player cannot were a number that high. When mentioned to Hitchcock about the shirt number he replied, “I just want him to be the number one goalkeeper.”

Petrović wasn’t the only goalkeeper to arrive at Stamford Bridge over the summer. Chelsea signed Robert Sanchez in a £25m deal from Brighton. Kevin Hitchcock was asked about the potential competition and he told The Byline;

“Well, he’s [Sanchez] gonna have a fart on his hands, because this boy is going to be pushing for that number one spot as soon as he can. And that’s all healthy for the manager and the goalkeeping coach, that’s what you want.”

Chelsea will be hoping for more of the same in the coming weeks as the festive schedule begins to take its toll.


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