Rob Green Makes Himself A Brew And Sits In The Stands At Chelsea Away Games

Robert Green has 267 Premier League appearances under his belt but these days he serves as Chelsea's third-choice goalkeeper - a position that has been described as "the loneliest in football".

Green signed for the Blues in the summer knowing full well that he was going to be the second back-up goalkeeper despite the departure of Thibaut Courtois.

Having been the No.1 in between the sticks for the likes of Norwich City, West Ham and QPR - and even England before THAT infamous error at the World Cup - he now finds himself following in the footsteps of Richard Wright and Lee Grant.

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The 39-year old has not played a competitive game for Chelsea, only turning out in a friendly at Stamford Bridge in August. Unless injuries or suspensions, he will probably never get a game.

And in an in-depth feature on the BBC where he's detailed what it's like being a third-choice goalkeeper, Green revealed that while he's still active and involved, his routine for away games sounds like great fun.

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"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," he told BBC Sport.

"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."

Green added that he doesn't get the same level of motivation as he did when he was younger but that's to be expected as he turns 40 next year.

Plus, he know what he was getting on for when he signed the contract because it was "made very clear".

However, Green refutes suggestions that he only went to Stamford Bridge for a nice payday and says it was not even part of his motivation.

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Image: PA

"Someone contacted me at the start of the season and said do you want to sign for Chelsea?" Green explained.

"Not at one point did I say 'how much?' You want to be paid. It is your job. It is like anyone else turning up at an office. It helps feed your family but not at one point was it a motivating factor."

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