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Opinion: Sanchez starting immediately over Petrovic would be a kick in the teeth

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“You will see” – They were the words of Mauricio Pochettino during his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s trip to the Etihad on Saturday evening regarding the availability of Robert Sanchez.

Robert Sanchez had been Chelsea’s first choice keeper ever since Kepa departed for Real Madrid just days before the start of the 23/24 campaign. The Spanish keeper had started in all sixteen Premier League games and played in round 2, 3 & 4 of the Carabao Cup. His season was cut short in the 84th minute during Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Everton, replacing him was summer signing Đorđe Petrović.

Petrović had been thrown into the deep end with the blues losing three of the last four Premier League games upon his full debut. His first full 90 minutes saw Chelsea beat bottom of the table Sheffield United. Just days after Petrović was the hero in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup penalty shootout victory over Newcastle.

Over the festive period the former MLS keeper was apart of the side who won three successive league games which included one of the saves of the season during the 3-2 victory over Luton Town. As well as making his mark in the Premier League and the Carabao Cup, Petrović has started all three FA Cup matches and will be hoping to continue that run against Leeds in just under two weeks time.

Given Petrović has barely put a foot wrong during his time as Chelsea’s number one it would a bit like a kick in the teeth if Sanchez was to suddenly just walk into the team, even more so if he were to walk out at Wembley. Competition for places have to be kept competitive given the standards at Chelsea but they also have to be fair and on merit.

Benching someone who led the blues to Wembley and overall stability would go against any form of healthy competition.


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