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Is Willy Caballero secretly the best keeper in the league?

Chelsea's back up keeper saved ANOTHER penalty last night against Hull

Ah the life of a Premier League back up goal keeper.

You spend all week taking shots from the first team, spend most of your Saturday afternoons sitting on a cold bench but every now and then, when the cup games come, it is your time to shine.

And no one does it better than Willy Caballero.


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Pick me, pick me!

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Pick me, pick me!

There is some stiff competition in this area with Sergio Romero, Claudio Bravo and Joe Hart all also playing second fiddle to their club’s number one.

Man City let the Argentinian go to their title rivals on a free in the summer after splashing £35million on Ederson, but Pep might wish he could call on Caballero for a quadruple push.

Chelsea are benefiting hugely from having a proper back up keeper to Thibaut Courtois.

What a save

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What a save

Why is Caballero so good you might ask? 

Well this man is one of the best when it comes to saving those high pressure penalties.

Chelsea romped to a four-goal lead against Hull last night but at the beginning of the second half Caballero saved David Meyler’s penalty, quashing any chance of a surprising comeback.

Excluding shootouts, Caballero has saved five of the last eight penalties he has faced.


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Keep calm and Caballero

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Keep calm and Caballero

They are amazing numbers for any keeper but especially for a number two.

In Caballero’s last 10 games for Chelsea the team have conceded just six goals and when he was called on for a crunch Premier League game against Brighton he kept a clean sheet.

Chelsea have a bit of a theme of good back up keeper stories – remember Mark Schwarzer winning back-to-back league winners’ medals thanks to his time on Leicester’s then the Blues’ benches.

The 36-year-old has never represented his country but I am starting the campaign for his World Cup inclusion right now.

Lionel Messi would feel safe knowing he’s between the sticks.


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