Stats: David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois seasons compared

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United’s David de Gea and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois. Both fantastic goalkeepers but which one is better?

The footballing world seems to have an obsession with finding a definitive answer when it comes to comparing two players.

Messi and Ronaldo, Xavi and Iniesta, Maradona and Pele and Balotelli and Borini have all been scrutinised in years gone by. Courtois and De Gea are the latest duo to be analysed ahead of Man United’s game against Chelsea on Saturday night.

Sky Sports News attempted to help fans decide by providing a statistical comparison of the pair:


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With more clean sheets, more saves per game, a better saves to shots ratio and a higher catch success rate, De Gea just about edges it over Courtois.

Chelsea fans will point to the fact that De Gea has simply been given more to do in-between the sticks for United this season.

Chelsea’s defence has often looked far more resolute this term, while De Gea has had to rescue games for United due to some unconvincing performances at the back. However, when De Gea has been called upon, his saves have been phenomenal. We may be biased, but we think the Spaniard can call himself a player than Courtois.

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