Chelsea fans took to social media to retell their memories of Carlo Cudicini as the Italian celebrates his 46th birthday today.
When looking for integral players that helped shape Chelsea for the better, Carlo Cudicini is a notable example.
Cudicini initially joined the Blues on a season-long loan in 1999 before making a permanent move from Castel di Sangro in July 2000.
During his time with the club, the goalkeeper made 216 appearances for Chelsea, amassing an impressive tally of 101 clean sheets.
The least said about his move to Tottenham the better, but no one can deny the Italian’s importance during a formative period for the club.
In July 2016, Cudicini returned to the club in a coaching capacity, serving as one of Antonio Conte’s assistant managers. The 46-year-old continued in this role last season under Maurizio Sarri’s tutelage.
Frank Lampard’s appointment as Chelsea manager in the summer signalled a reshuffle in the club’s managerial staff, one which saw Carlo Cudicini swap positions with Eddie Newton.
Newton has joined Lampard’s coaching staff, while Cudicini has joined Paulo Ferreira and Tore Andre Flo as a technical coach for the club’s loan players.
Chelsea fans on social media had plenty of memories to share with Cudicini on his birthday.
Here’s the best of the reaction:
Won More premier league trophies than Spurs and Liverpool combined. Legend
— Ali ???????? (@TheBeardedRauI) September 6, 2019
Underrated keeper, top professional aswell. Happy Birthday Carlo ????
— Jake???? (@18jc_) September 6, 2019
My All Time Favourite Goalkeeper!
I got into Football & @ChelseaFC Heavily in 2001, and between 2001 & 2004 when I was young enough to still have that “Footballers are Super Hero’s” Mentality…@Capitancarloc was incredible!
No one will ever be better in my eyes ????
— Chelsea FC Hub ???? (@ChelseaFC_Hub) September 6, 2019
What a player, One of the greatest keepers of our club ????
— Kamran Musstafa (@kami3012) September 6, 2019
Was the best keeper in the league the year before Cech came. Real shame he didn’t get a bigger move after.
— Jack Muscat (@JackMuscat1) September 6, 2019
Top Keeper was very underrated, happy he’s part of the coaching staff, well deserved
— Junkyman (@Junky1man) September 6, 2019
One of the best shot stoppers in this century… Carlo was mustard, still is btw.. such a shame he had big Pete competing at the same time!
— Aaron (@aaronfetherston) September 6, 2019
— Steve (@StephenD0391) September 6, 2019
Hands down our most underrated player ever. What a beast in goal. Happy birthday, King Carlo!
— Daniel ???????? (@ScandicAtheist) September 6, 2019
What a goalkeeper he was!!!????????
— The ???? (@Elijah_O100) September 6, 2019