Thibaut Courtois: 52nd player to make 100 Premier League appearances for Chelsea [Full list]

Thibaut Courtois became the 52nd player to make 100 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in today’s 4-2 win at home to Watford.

The Belgian goalkeeper has been a mainstay in the Chelsea team after completing his three-year loan spell at Atlético Madrid to displace Petr Čech as the Blues’ number one at the start of the 2014-15 season aside from missing a few games through injury and suspension in 2015-16.

Courtois has kept 37 clean sheets in his first 100 Premier League matches, winning the title in two of his first three seasons in West London.

The 25-year-old is now only three appearances behind Gavin Peacock and John Spence to become Chelsea’s joint-50th all-time appearance maker since the English top flight was rebranded in 1992.

Fellow goalkeepers Petr Čech (333), Carlo Cudicini (142), Ed de Goey (123) and Dmitri Kharine (118) are all above Courtois on the list.

Here is a complete list of the 52 players to make 100+ Premier League appearances for Chelsea:

Player Appearances
John Terry 492
Frank Lampard 429
Petr Čech 333
Branislav Ivanović 261
Dennis Wise 261
Didier Drogba 254
John Obi Mikel 249
Ashley Cole 229
Gianfranco Zola 229
Eiður Guðjohnsen 186
Joe Cole 183
Eden Hazard 180
César Azpilicueta 169
Gary Cahill 168
Michael Essien 168
Steve Clarke 167
Eddie Newton 164
William Gallas 159
Ramires 159
Marcel Desailly 158
Frank Sinclair 157
Salomon Kalou 156
Graeme Le Saux 154
Dan Petrescu 150
Florent Malouda 149
Frank Leboeuf 144
Claude Makélélé 144
Carlo Cudicini 142
Paulo Ferreira 141
Willian 138
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 136
Ricardo Carvalho 135
Celestine Babayaro 132
Oscar 131
Mario Melchiot 130
Nicolas Anelka 125
Jody Morris 124
Ed de Goey 123
Nemanja Matić 123
David Luiz 121
Roberto Di Matteo 119
Dmitri Kharine 118
Erland Johnsen 114
Tore André Flo 112
Fernando Torres 110
Cesc Fàbregas 108
Michael Ballack 105
Gus Poyet 105
Craig Burley 104
Gavin Peacock 103
John Spencer 103
Thibaut Courtois 100

10 youngest Champions League goalkeepers

Here are the 10 youngest goalkeepers to feature in the Champions League era since it was rebranded in 1992:

1. Mile Svilar – BENFICA 0-1 Manchester United – 18 October 2017 – 18 years, 1 month, 21 days

Mile Svilar became the youngest goalkeeper in UEFA Champions League history on Wednesday night in Benfica’s 0-1 defeat at home to Manchester United.

The 18-year-old Belgian had only made his professional debut in Benfica’s 1-0 win at Olhanense in the Portuguese Cup on Saturday.  He is an under-19 international who arrived from Anderlecht in a €2.5 million deal this past summer.

Svilar became the third different goalkeeper in as many matches to start for the Portuguese champions in Europe this season.

 2. Iker Casillas – Olympiacos 3-3 REAL MADRID – 15 September 1999 – 18 years, 3 months, 26 days

The current FC Porto goalkeeper replaced former-West Germany international Bodo Illgner as Real Madrid’s first choice goalkeeper at the age of 18, making his Champions League debut in the Spanish giants’ opening group stage game; a 3-3 draw in Greece.

Iker Casillas would only start one more game in the opening group stage game – a 4-1 win at home to Molde.  Illgner played in one game whilst fellow youngster Albano Bizzarri started three of Madrid’s final four opening group stage games.  The Spaniard is 39 years old and currently backup at Udinese.

Casillas would go on to play 12 games in that season’s tournament culminating in a 3-0 win over Valencia at the Stade de France in which the Real Madrid legend would start.

3. Nikolay Mihaylov – LEVSKI SOFIA 0-3 Werder Bremen – 31 October 2006 – 18 years, 4 months, 3 days

The son of Bulgarian legend and the former-Reading goalkeeper who was wearing a wig at USA 94, Bobby Mihaylov, made his Champions League debut as the youngest player since Iker Casillas in 2006.

Nikolay Mihaylov’s appearance in a 0-3 defeat at home to Werder Bremen would prove to be his only Champions League appearance that season,  His only appearances since came for FC Twente in 2010.

He spent a season with Liverpool in 2007-08 but didn’t make a senior appearance.  Now 29 years old, Mihaylov currently has 33 caps for the Bulgarian national team.

4. Igor Akinfeev – FC Porto 0-0 CSKA MOSCOW – 14 September 2004 – 18 years, 5 months, 6 days

Igor Akinfeev was a highly-rated teenager who broke into the CSKA Moscow first-team as a 17-year-old during the 2003 season in which he became a Russian Premier League champion.

The following year the youngster made his Champions League debut in a 0-0 draw at FC Porto and started all six group games.  Akinfeev also made his debut for the Russian national team in 2004.

13 years later and Igor Akinfeev is now 31, having made 102 appearances for Russia and 52 in the Champions League – all for CSKA Moscow for whom he has spent his whole career with.  He has not kept a clean sheet in the competition in his last 42 matches in the competition since drawing 0-0 at Arsenal in November 2006.

5. Adrian Šemper – Lyon 3-0 DINAMO ZAGREB – 14 September 2016 – 18 years, 8 months, 2 days

Last season Dinamo Zagreb handed a Champions League debut to 18-year-old Adrian Šemper between the sticks as they went down 3-0 at Lyon in the group stage.  The Croatian team would end up losing all six of their games without scoring a single goal.

This would be Šemper’s only Champions League appearance last season and is currently on loan at NK Lokomotiva in the Croatian top flight with his parent club having previously rejected an offer from Chelsea.

6. Maksim Kabanov – SPARTAK MOSCOW 2-2 Feyenoord – 18 September 2001 – 18 years, 8 months, 19 days

Maksim Kabanov was handed his Champions League debut in 2001 as an 18-year-old in a 2-2 draw for Spartak Moscow at home to Feyenoord.  After starting their next match, a 1-3 loss at home to Bayern Munich, it would prove to be the Russian’s final game in the competition.

Now 34 years old, Kabanov has been retired for three years and spent most of his career in the second tier of Russian football.

7. David de Gea – FC Porto 2-0 ATLÉTICO MADRID – 30 September 2009 – 18 years, 10 months, 23 days

The final 18-year-old on the list is current Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.  Whilst at Atlético Madrid the Spaniard came on after 27 minutes for the injured Roberto, conceding both goals late on in a 2-0 defeat at FC Porto in September 2009.

David de Gea’s impressive performances saw him hold down a first-team spot under manager Abel Resino and later Quique Sánchez Flores.

The 26-year-old has now made 31 appearances in Europe’s elite club cup competition, including last night’s 1-0 victory at Benfica.

8. Pepe Reina – BARCELONA 1-0 Fenerbahçe – 31 October 2001 – 19 years, 2 months, 0 days

Called up to the Barcelona first-team squad in 2000 following injuries to Richard Dutruel and Francesc Arnau, Pepe Reina played half of their La Liga games that season, competing with Roberto Bonano.

The following season Reina was handed his Champions League debut in a 1-0 win at home to Fenerbahçe in the group stage and would go on to play four games in the competition that season.

Reina would go on top play for Villarreal, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Napoli, for whom he is currently their first choice goalkeeper.  The 35-year-old has made 70 appearances in the Champions League to date.

9. Timon Wellenreuther – SCHALKE 04 – 0-2 Real Madrid – 18 February 2015 – 19 years, 2 months, 15 days

Timon Wellenreuther was 17 years old when he joined Schalke 04, immediately going into their reserve team.  He progressed quickly, making his Bundesliga debut in February 2015 against Bayern Munich and his Champions League debut two weeks later.

The German goalkeeper played both legs in Schalke’s 4-5 second round elimination at the hands of Real Madrid, which included a second leg victory at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.  Current Manchester City star Leroy Sané scored in the Spanish capital, and Premier League winner Christian Fuchs also stared for the German outfit.

Wellenfeuther didn’t last long at Schalke, being sent out on loan to RCD Mallorca the following season and currently plays for Dutch Eredivisie strugglers Willem II.

10. Petr Čech – Bayern Munich 0-0 SPARTA PRAGUE – 18 September 2001 – 19 years, 3 months, 29 days

The highly-rated teenager made his Champions League debut for new club Sparta Prague in a 0-0 draw at the Allianz Arena.  Petr Čech would go on to keep a clean sheet in each of his first four appearances in the competition; twice against Feyenoord and one more against Spartak Moscow.

Čech would go on to keep six clean sheets in 12 appearances that season.  The Czech Republic international has since made a total of 111 appearances in the Champions League, keeping 49 clean sheets and winning the 2011-12 tournament in a penalty shootout with Chelsea.

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 8 ft. Watford & Gabriel Jesus

0 – Gabriel Jesus has never lost a Premier League game (W13, D4).

2 – Stoke City scored two goals at the Etihad Stadium for the first time in their 7-2 defeat to Manchester City.

2 – Roy Hodgson became the second manager to beat Chelsea with four different Premier League teams (Blackburn Rovers, West Bromwich Albion, Liverpool and Crystal Palace), after Sam Allardyce.

5 – Watford have scored a goal in the 90th minute or later in each of their last three Premier League games, picking up five points in the process.

6 – Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea was only the sixth time in Premier League history that the team bottom of the table beat the defending champions.

6 – Raheem Sterling has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances.

12 – Everton are winless in their last 12 Premier League matches away from home (D6, L6) since beating Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in January.

13% – Jose Mourinho has now only won one of his eight matches against Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (W1, D4, L3).

18 – Gabriel Jesus has been involved in 18 goals in his 17 Premier League appearances (13 goals, 5 assists).

18 – Petr Čech has failed to save any of the last 18 penalties he has faced in the Premier League.

18% – Ronald Koeman’s win percentage in away league games with Everton is only 18% (P22, W4), compared to 37% at Southampton previously (P38, W14).

28 – Harry Kane has failed to score with any of his 28 efforts on goal in his Premier League matches at Wembley Stadium this season.

36 – Wayne Rooney has now scored against 36 of the 39 different clubs he’s faced in the Premier League – only failing to score against Blackpool, Derby County and Manchester United.

51 – Joe Hart became the 51st goalkeeper in Premier League history to record an assist.

83% – Five of Brighton & Hove Albion’s six Premier League goals have been scored in the second half.

83% – Pascal Groß has been directly involved in 83% of Brighton & Hove Albion’s six Premier League goals this season (2 goals, 3 assists).

87 – There were only 87 seconds between Manolo Gabbiadini’s equaliser for Southampton and Ayoze Pérez restoring Newcastle United’s lead.

89 – Since José Mourinho took charge of Manchester United last summer, both United and Liverpool have won the same number of points (89).

99 – There were only 99 seconds between Andy Carroll’s first yellow card and his second at Burnley on Saturday.

640′ – César Azpilicueta’s own goal ended Crystal Palace’s run of 640 minutes without a single Premier League goal this season.

6 bottom of the league teams to beat Premier League champions

Crystal Palace picked up their first points of the season with a surprise 2-1 win at home to Chelsea on Saturday.

The Eagles had lost a joint-record seven consecutive games to start the 2017-18 season and hadn’t even scored a single goal during that run.

Roy Hodgson was in charge of Palace as they picked up three points this past weekend.  The result was only the sixth occasion when the team bottle of the table have beaten the defending Premier League champions.

Ron Atkinson’s Coventry City were the first club to achieve this feat when they thrashed Blackburn Rovers 5-0 in December 1995.

The only team to have been bottom of the table and beat the defending champions twice are Wolverhampton Wanderers.  The West Midlands first accomplished this with a 1-0 win over Manchester United in January 2004 and then against Chelsea by the same scoreline in January 2011.

Sunderland were bottom of the table last season when they beat then reigning champions Leicester City 2-1 at the Stadium of Light in December 2016.

The 51 goalkeepers with a Premier League assist

Joe Hart became the 51st goalkeeper in Premier League history to record an assist when the West Ham shot stopper set up Michail Antonio’s opener in their 1-1 draw at Burnley on Saturday.

The England international’s long ball from the edge of his own penalty area beat the Burnley defence to gift Antonio a one-on-one against Nick Pope from which the midfielder duly rounded the goalkeeper before rolling the ball home into an empty net.

This was the first Premier League assist for a goalkeeper since Everton’s Joel Robles on Boxing Day last year.

The complete list of 51 goalkeepers with a Premier League assist is as follows:

Goalkeeper Assists
Paul Robinson 5
José Reina 4
David Seaman 4
Mark Crossley 3
Tim Howard 3
Jussi Jääskeläinen 3
Peter Schmeichel 3
Manuel Almunia 2
Scott Carson 2
Petr Čech 2
Łukasz Fabiański 2
Tim Flowers 2
Shay Given 2
David James 2
Paul Jones 2
Dean Kiely 2
Chris Kirkland 2
Tim Krul 2
Nigel Martyn 2
Steve Ogrizovic 2
Mart Poom 2
Ian Walker 2
Ali Al-Habsi 1
Mark Beeney 1
Artur Boruc 1
Mark Bosnich 1
Roy Carroll 1
Radek Černý 1
Matt Clarke 1
Ed de Goey 1
Rob Elliot 1
Brad Guzan 1
Joe Hart 1
Wayne Hennessey 1
Shaka Hislop 1
Russell Hoult 1
Saša Ilić 1
Kasey Keller 1
Alan Kelly 1
Gábor Király 1
Jens Lehmann 1
Kevin Pressman 1
Tony Roberts 1
Joel Robles 1
Mark Schwarzer 1
Hans Segers 1
Nigel Spink 1
Thomas Sørensen 1
Edwin van der Sar 1
Chris Woods 1
Richard Wright 1