Perhaps the only player who has managed to emerge unscathed from Sunday's match against Manchester City is goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Despite having to collect the ball three times from his own net, the Bosnian goalkeeper had a great match and was Chelsea's best player. Now, he's hoping that his performance lifts him in his competition against Thibaut Courtois, who wasn't available due to suspension.
"In football, you never know what can happen -- I came here to compete and be part of the squad, part of this club which is very exciting for me."
"When I am called to play, that's all I can really do and say. Things like the other week can happen sometimes. They are unpredictable but I am here to perform and contribute as much as I can."
Begovic also had a say regarding Chelsea's performance, showing confidence that things will start turning to the Blues' way in no time after the troublesome season start.
"I was obviously delighted to start the game but it was obviously difficult in the end. We kept fighting and tried to stay in the game as long as we could but the second goal killed it and made life very difficult for us. It was not the start we wanted after the first couple of games with only one point on the board but there is plenty of time to claw it back and recoup those points."
"We still have a strong squad. We just need things to click for us. We are getting our sharpness, training has been competitive and strong. A couple of things are not quite going our way right now but this is no time to start feeling sorry for ourselves; we have to pick ourselves up quickly, improve and pick up points."
-Asmir Begovic; source: London Evening Standard
José Mourinho has had a lot of headaches to start this season, some self-inflicted, others unforeseen, but now he's got a good one: which goalkeeper to start against West Bromwich at The Hawthorns on Sunday? Either choice looks capable enough of holding their own in what's become one of our least favourite away trips in recent seasons.