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Schwarzer will push Cech says boss

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes summer signing Mark Schwarzer will push Peter Cech for the starting spot in goal next season.
Schwarzer had stressed his desire to be a first-choice keeper after leaving Fulham, before making the somewhat surprising decision to join Chelsea.

Mourinho has always considered Cech the world's number one shot-stopper but the Portuguese tactician expects veteran Schwarzer to battle for a starting role in the coming campaign.

"I always said even when I was coaching other teams that we have the best goalkeeper in the world but we need competition for him, we need protection, we need motivation," Mourinho said during Chelsea's pre-season tour in Bangkok.

"We need somebody that can give us security and I think Schwarzer is perfect for that because he's a very good goalkeeper - he's very experienced.

"He spent all his career in the Premier League so the Premier League is his natural habitat so, getting a good opportunity for a free transfer, we have in Mark the goalkeeper we need to complete our group of goalkeepers."

Despite the fact Schwarzer may struggle for regular Premier League football next season he should feature in the domestic cup competitions for the Blues, and the 40-year-old will almost certainly have sought assurances over game time prior to signing due to his desire to compete with Australia in the World Cup next summer.

Expectations are high at Stamford Bridge following Mourinho's return and Chelsea can be backed at 3.25 to secure Premier League glory and 13.00 to land the Champions League title.

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