1. (1) Iker Casillas (Real Madrid and Spain)
2. (4) Gigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)
3. (6) Edwin Van Der Sar (Man Utd)
4. (8) Petr Cech (Chelsea and Czech Rep.)
5. (4) Pepe Reina (Liverpool and Spain)
6. (5) Shay Given (Man City and Ireland)
7. (6) Hugo Lloris (Lyon and France)
8. (7) Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow and Russia)
9. (9) Victor Valdes (Barcelona and Spain)
10. (10) Joe Hart (Man City and England)
Petr Cech is the big mover in our World Goalkeeper Rankings this month. With Chelsea making a powerful start to the defence of their league title, he has been in fine form and somewhere approaching the excellent standards he achieved prior to his horrific injury. His shot-stopping has been excellent and although the results have suggested easy wins for the Pensioners, his contributions at vital times have facilitated the ease. One cloud on the horizon is his performance under the high ball as seen in the Champions League game against Zilina. With his skull fracture making him vulnerable for the remainder of his career and indeed life, it’s understandable if he no longer dominates the aerial battles in the way in once did and sadly this has resulted in some misjudgements and soft goals being conceded. It’ll be interesting to see how he does when Chelsea face their first real test of the season away to Man City. Overall though, he has been excellent and certainly one of the world’s best goalkeepers.
Iker Casillas remains at the top of the standings. The Special One hasn’t quite sprinkled his magic dust over Real Madrid just yet and they’ve stuttered, but Casillas has been crucial getting them to come out on the right side of tight results. Likewise Man Utd haven’t been at their swaggering best, but Edwin Van der Sar has been performing well and remains one of the world’s best. Gigi Buffon’s return from injury can’t come soon enough for a porous Juventus, but again he can’t really be penalised for his absence.
It’s been a bad month for Pepe Reina and Joe Hart. It’s unfair to blame Reina for Liverpool’s struggles, but their defensive instability has knocked his confidence. He isn’t commanding his penalty area in the way he once was and the indecision isn’t helping the shaky defence. The game against Man Utd highlighted the problem. If Roberto Mancini was true to his word, Joe Hart should have been dropped for his terrible mistake at home to Blackburn, but any claims that it was a straight battle between Given and Hart for the position have been proven to be false with the manager’s dogged faith in the Englishman.
French giants, Lyon are really struggling at the start of the Ligue 1 seaon. Hugo Lloris hasn’t done a huge amount wrong, but he’s almost guilty by association and suffers a slight drop. David De Gea is bubbling under and if he continues to develop, it probably won’t be long before he features in the rankings.