Saturday’s English Premier League match at Brighton & Hove Albion saw Chelsea hand a league debut to summer signing Willy Caballero.
The 36-year-old Argentine stopper got the call to step in for first choice keeper Thibaut Courtois late on with the Belgian having suffered a minor knock.
Caballero’s afternoon can only be described at unpredictable as the veteran put on a display which saw him have his fair share of both sublime and shaky moments.
Chelsea got off the the perfect start on the south coast as early strikes from Eden Hazard and Willian gave The Blues a two-goal advantage within six minutes.
The first real danger to Caballero’s goal came soon after and the keeper was fortunate to not get punished when he flapped at a Markus Suttner cross before the Chelsea defence came to his rescue. The keeper then could have given away a penalty kick but Caballero was not adjudged to have fouled Ezequiel Schelotto when eager to defuse the danger from an Albion attack.
From the shaky to the sublime, Caballero’s early jitters were soon forgotten when the veteran showed his class by producing a world-class save to keep a Tomer Hemed header out of the net from just six yards.
The second half saw less involvement from Caballero however he proved to be alert when called upon. Midway through the half Schelotto thought that he had finally beaten the Chelsea keeper but the player was to be denied by a superb block from Caballero.
The Argentine keeper certainly got better as the game went on and proved to be an able deputy for Courtois as Chelsea won the match 4-0. Caballero’s appearance was just his sixth since signing for the club on a free in the summer and the lack of game time offered by The Blues this season seemed to leave him a little rusty going into the match.
Caballero is likely to return to the bench for the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg clash at Arsenal in midweek.