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Chelsea Midseason Report Card: Goalkeepers

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 25:  Petr Cech (L) and Sergio Goycochea make saves during the adidas Penalty Day event at the Wanderers in Illovo on June 25, 2010 in Joahannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Getty Images for adidas)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 25: Petr Cech (L) and Sergio Goycochea make saves during the adidas Penalty Day event at the Wanderers in Illovo on June 25, 2010 in Joahannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Getty Images for adidas)
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Petr Cech: It's hard to complain about Cech's play. He's always been a formidable shot-stopper but his ability to command the penalty box over the past few years had rightly been called into question, rendering Chelsea extremely vulnerable to crosses and lofted passes. While elements of that flaw continue to pop up in his game, he's been far better at deciding when to come out and claim a ball so far this season. Combine that with superb positioning, great reflexes and the ability to launch attacks with his throws or punts and you have a top-tier Premier League goalkeeper. Made a few mistakes, but generally back to his best. A-

Henrique Hilario: Sits on that substitute's bench like a real professional. Uh. N/A

Ross Turnbull: Clearly not as acrobatically gifted as his senior partner, Cech's understudy has done solidly whenever he's played. A couple of errors against Newcastle aside, he's been perfectly acceptable as the backup goalie, but he's yet to produce a performance that really indicates that he's the future number one. Average-y across the board, will improve with experience but unlikely to become a star. C