Marcus Bettinelli heralded Chelsea duo Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga as the soundest goalkeeping combination in the Premier League.
Speaking to The Athletic, Bettinelli ranked his two ‘keeper colleagues above any other pairing in the English top flight.
Scan across the division and it’s difficult to debate such a statement.
Liverpool and Manchester City’s first choices are amongst the finest in world football, but their understudies fall quite short of the marker.
Behind Alisson at Anfield is Adrian, whilst Ederson’s Etihad back-up is Zack Steffen.
There are some sturdy shot-stopping couples further down the league.
Arsenal have reformed Aaron Ramsdale supported by Bernd Leno.
Asmir Begovic can deputise for Jordan Pickford at Everton, whilst West Ham United’s Alphonse Areola acts as a decent stand-in for Lukasz Fabianski.
Arguably, Manchester United’s blend of David De Gea and Dean Henderson is the best in the business.
However, Bettinelli backed his colleagues to take that mantel off the Old Trafford duet.
“As a no.1 and no.2, I don’t think there is any better in the Premier League,” said the 29-year-old.
“You have David de Gea and Dean Henderson at Manchester United, but I believe Mendy and Kepa are better than them.”
Bettinelli has been fortunate enough to witness Mendy and Kepa’s quality first hand, following his transfer to Chelsea as a free agent over the summer.
“They are on another level,” continued the former Fulham man about his gloved teammates.
“Sometimes it is hard not to get down because I watch them and they’re so good in goal.
“You obviously look at yourself. They make some fantastic saves that you aspire to make — that’s in training as well as in matches.
“They are both so different. Kepa is one of the best, technically, I’ve seen and Edou is just unbelievable at keeping the ball out of the net.”
Although Mendy is the undisputed no.1, Kepa has proven to be a strong substitute this season.
His penalty heroics in the UEFA Super Cup and Carabao Cup have been a highlight of the Spaniard’s generally torrid time since signing for the Blues back in 2018.
He will be called upon again when Mendy jets off to the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
Perhaps Bettinelli might even earn his first appearance as a Chelsea player…