Schwarzer moves to Chelsea leaving doubts about Socceroos Future

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Mark Schwarzer’s recent move to Chelsea has poised questions over his future as Australia’s go to number 1. Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, has stated however that he is sure Schwarzer will get ample game time next season.

Schwarzer’s move to Chelsea has raised issues regarding the future of the 40 year old goalkeeper, especially in taking a role at Chelsea behind long standing number 1 Petr Cech. It is expected that he will spend much of the 2013/14 season on the bench.

Conversations between Mourinho and Australia manager Holger Osieck indicate that during the negotiations of Schwarzer’s signing, there was much assurance that the veteran shot-stopper would be getting time between the sticks.

“What he (Schwarzer) told me was when he agreed to sign for Chelsea, his signature was based on conversations with Mourinho, that he obviously promised to give him sufficient playing time because of the great number of games Chelsea has to play, in the league, in various cups and of course in Europe,” Osieck stated.

Schwarzer has no intention of just sitting back and relaxing this season. He has full intention to try and knock Cech off the number 1 spot.

“When I signed for Chelsea, I knew they had top quality goalkeepers, and the competition for a starting place would be tough” he said during the Blues pre-season tour of Malaysia. “But with hard work and good performances, I can show that I am good enough to play in the first eleven”.

The Australian squad holds a number young and emerging goalkeeping talents looking to pick Schwarzer off the top spot. The recent East Asian Cup in Seoul saw Nathan Coe, Mark Birighitti and Eugene Galekovic show off to the German manager, despite a tournament performance that would only be seen as a failure by Australian standards.

 Amongst the greater host of goalkeepers fighting for a Socceroos call up is Reading’s Adam Federici, Borussia Dortmund’s Mitch Langerak and young talent Mat Ryan, who moved to Belgian side Club Brugge after helping the Central Coast Mariners win the A-League last season.

When speaking of the competition for the goalkeeper spot, Osieck stated that “… it’s going to be a tight race” indicating that Schwarzer will have to work hard to keep his spot in the national squad. Schwarzer, though, has indicated that he wishes to retire after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, meaning that Osieck will need to look for long term replacements.

 

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