ONE OF THE BEST

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been regarded as one of the best in the world. He has been responsible for Chelsea keeping their challenge for the top four positions intact going into the final few matches of the Premier league. The team face a difficult run of fixtures in the next few days. They will be playing against the likes of Southampton, Manchester United, Rubin Kazan, and Sunderland in the space of four days. Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has acknowledged that finishing in the top four remains a priority.

Despite this, he is expected to rest a few players for the trip to Southampton during the weekend. Goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that the team should not be taking their opposition lightly despite the fact that the manager may bring in squad players for the match. He said that the arrival of the new manager Pochettino has made them defensively solid, and he expects them to put on a solid performance against the European champions.

Chelsea have already faced Southampton numerous times this season. They have managed to come out successful from his encounters, while the recent 5-1 victory in the FA Cup showed their class over the relegation threatened opponents. Cech, though, expects a difficult match at the St Marys this time around.

“In football, everything is different – you can have a first half that is completely different from the second half. In the away game against Southampton we were very effective, taking our chances, and then at home we had a very good half – but the last half an hour of the game we allowed them to come back into it. You cannot do that in the Premier League. They changed manager with Pochettino and they are more attacking, more organised with very good pressing which makes them more aggressive,” said Cech.