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Robert Green reveals the honest truth about life as Chelsea’s third-choice goalkeeper

By Ben Green

Published: 10:32, 28 March 2019

Robert Green has opened up about his matchday routine as Chelsea’s third-choice ‘keeper, revealing how he drinks tea and watches on from the stands.

Green joined the Chelsea ranks last summer on a one-year contract following his release from Huddersfield Town.

Why did Chelsea sign Green? Four key things to know…

  1. Chelsea picked up Green on a free transfer to provide cover for Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.
  2. Veteran shot-stopper Eduardo was the third-choice last term but left on a season-long loan to Vitesse in the summer.
  3. As such, Maurizio Sarri quickly looked to remedy the void between the sticks.
  4. Green is yet to feature for the club in any competition this season but travels to “every game”.

The former England international is yet to feature for Sarri’s side this season but is part of the club’s 25-man Premier League squad and is therefore present for every team meeting and travels to every game.

It has often been considered a lonely life, that of a third-choice goalkeeper, but the 39-year-old has opened up about how he trains with the first-team squad everyday and even discusses tactics with the coaching staff.

He has also given a slight glimpse into his customary procedure on matchday, revealing how his pre-match ritual is in trying to find a cup of tea before taking up his position on the terraces.

In an interview with BBC Sport, he said: “I go to all of the meetings, do all of the pre-match, do the warm-up and help in every way you can, whether it is collecting balls, saving shots or crossing balls in.

“Then, when the players are ready to come out on to the pitch, you are getting changed and more often than not at away games I find a cup of tea and go and sit in the stand.”

For many this would seem the dream job, but for Green it is an opportunity to experience the game from a “different perspective” and report back to the coaching staff with his post-match analysis.

“You see things that people in the dugout and players on the pitch can’t see,” he explains.

“I have been around football a long time and know a lot about it so if I have an opinion and don’t voice it then it is a bit of a waste. I may as well give an opinion while I am here.”

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‘Realistically I don’t feel part of the Chelsea team’

Despite Green’s admission that he travels to every match, partakes in every team meeting and trains everyday with the first-team squad, he says he doesn’t feel like a significant part of the Chelsea team.

“In a literal sense you are there as much as everyone else, but realistically no,” he says. “You don’t get that same motivation. There is not the same climax at the end of the week.

“There is not the same commitment in a physical or mental sense.

“You are disappointed when the team loses and delighted for them when they win but it is not you. It is something you are a part of but it is not you saving the shot.”