Arsenal has a number of established first team footballers at the moment who have showed unwillingness to accept the extension offers of the club and are now about to enter the last season of their present contracts. While that is worrying many of the clubs fans, Arsene Wenger, the head honcho, has remained calm and Read More…
Mauricio Pochettino has surprisingly claimed that it is not advisable to compare Arsenal and Tottenham at this moment, but he is feeling confident that his team can beat Arsenal during the weekend despite Spurs’ poor form.
Tottenham have not won any games in their last six matches. They are clearly looking like a team devoid of confidence, but the North London derby has produced some surprising results in its history.
On his day, Petr Cech is – and has been for quite some time – one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
The Gunners shot stopper, who moved to the Emirates Stadium from rivals Chelsea last summer, has performed admirably this season and looks set to stay at Arsenal for the foreseeable future.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman reckons that the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea has finally solved the goalkeeping problems for the Gunners.
Ever since Seaman left the club more than a decade ago, manager Arsene Wenger has been plagued by goalkeeper issues. Jens Lehman appeared to provide some respite and the problems have mounted since his departure several years ago.
The father of the Belgian shot stopper Thibaut Courtois has clearly said that his son is not ready to be second in the pecking order at Chelsea. So, before having him, the Blues management will have to make a decision on the future of their first choice goalie Petr Cech.
Courtois had made a move to Stamford Bridge in July 2011 after leaving Genk, but, in the last 3 years, he hasn’t played a single match for Chelsea. He had been loaned out to the Spanish club Atletico Madrid immediately after his arrival and since then, he has been there only. He has already made close to 100 league appearances for Atletico and is currently their no. 1 goalkeeper.
Two of the experienced Chelsea players, Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard, will not be seen in action for the next 4 weeks or so. Both of them had got injured during the match against Liverpool last year.
Jose Mourinho, the man in charge at Chelsea, said that after his team’s victory against Southampton FC on the first day of 2014.
Ivanovic had made his way out of the ground in the earlier stages of the game against the Reds after suffering a knee blow, while, Lampard had done a bit of damage to his leg muscles just moments before the half time break and hadn’t gone onto the pitch in the second half.
In football, we often see that the achievements of a defender or a goalkeeper go unnoticed, while, the achievements of an attacking player get discussed widely. The same happened with Petr Cech a few days ago.
Playing for Chelsea against Southampton, the 31 years old Czechoslovakian kept a clean sheet. It was the 208th time that he had done so playing for the Blues and with that, he got levelled with Peter Bonetti who is considered as one of the greatest Chelsea goalies so far.
That was certainly a huge achievement for Cech, but, surprisingly, it didn’t get talked about as much as it should have.
Cech should be given a lot of credit not just because of the fact that he has equalled the record of Bonetti, but, because of the no. of matches that he has taken to do so. He has taken 272 matches lesser and that is something which is admirable.
Cech has been a part of Chelsea since the last 9 years or so and he has made 450 appearances for them so far.
Talking to the reporters yesterday about getting equalized with Bonetti in terms of the no. of clean sheets, Cech said, “Peter is one of the club’s all time greats. So, it’s really a huge thing for me to get levelled with him. I have had the opportunity of meeting him a few times in the past and I must say he is a fantastic human being.”
Meanwhile, Cech might be breaking one more record in a few months’ time i.e. the record of keeping the most no. of clean sheets in the Premier League. Currently, the holder of that magnificent record is David James, but, Cech is not too far away from him.
Chelsea shot stopper Petr Cech has handed a huge vote of confidence to star striker Fernando Torres, stating that he believes the striker is slowly but surely getting his old form back and he will be a menace to opposition defenses once the season progresses.
The Czech Republic skipper hailed the recent exploits of the Spanish international striker who scored two goals in their last UEFA Champions League encounter against Schalke 04 of Germany as well as the winner in a gripping encounter against Premier League rivals Manchester City at home last weekend.
Many people have criticized Torres over the last few seasons after his move to the Blues and he has himself struggled on occasion to justify the huge transfer fee the club paid to Liverpool for his services but Petr Cech feels the debate has gone on for a bit too long now.
He stated that there have been many games in the past where Torres had been fantastic but just because he is a striker and didn’t get on the score sheet, people would take to criticizing him and that has been unfair on the player as well.
But now, Cech feels the critics will shut up with Torres not only leading the Chelsea line, but he is also creating and scoring goals and it is clear he is enjoying his time. Petr Cech and Torres were both left out of Chelsea’s Capital One Cup success against Arsenal last night but the big goalkeeper feels that Torres will improve as the season goes on and so will the team.
He stated that he is feeling a lot of confidence with the way the team has been playing and the way they have adapted to the new system and hopes for major trophies at the end of the season.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has backed the club’s pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney but believes that the club will compete for all the major titles this season even if they fail to land the England international from Old Trafford.
The Czech international goalkeeper joined the West London side in 2004, around the same time Jose Mourinho came to Stamford Bridge and according to the club’s legendary goalkeeper, Wayne Rooney is a brilliant player but at this moment, he is a player for Manchester United and it is not right to speak about him, but he mentioned they will have to wait and see what happens by the end of the transfer window.
Chelsea have already had two bids rejected for the player, the first one around £ 20 million and the second one reported to be around £ 25 million with a further £ 5 million in add-ons and bonuses with the Manchester giants holding firm on their stance that the player is not for sale at any price. But Petr Cech insists that if the player does join the team, he will add another dimension to the attacking aspect of the Blues’ attack but he is also certain that the team they have at the moment is good enough to tear apart any opposition that comes in front of them.
The Czech international captain is also thrilled at the return of former boss Jose Mourinho to the club and added that the Portuguese and Chelsea are a match made in heaven, adding that they already achieved so much during his first reign in charge at the club but Petr Cech hopes for a lot more this time around and has targeted winning the UEFA Champions League once again under the returning Mourinho, who has claimed to be the Happy One after his return.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has stated that the returning Jose Mourinho will only consider his first season back at Stamford Bridge a success if he wins a trophy and finishes in the top two of the Premier League.
The Portuguese player is nurturing the egos and boosting the self confidence of the players in their tour of the Far East for pre-season and the Czech international has stated that there is absolutely no fear of failure among the players.
Cech stated that if there is fear among players, then it is not worth coming back and one might as well as stay on holiday. He admitted that it is a waste of time and energy adding that there is nothing to fear and if they fail, they will and there is nothing to do except come back stronger in the following season.
Petr Cech admitted that all the players are confident and they are willing to have a go at all the major prizes this season and if they fail, they will fail because failure is a part of football and life as well. However, he admitted that ultimately the team needs to win something if they want to progress from last season for this season to be termed a success.
He mentioned that progression means doing better than last season, first and foremost in the Premier League and in the UEFA Champions League as well because they got knocked out too early in the competition and that is not ideal for a team of their caliber.
The Chelsea number stated that there is great balance in the team with a mixture of youth and experience in the players and Petr Cech is hopeful that the bunch of players Chelsea have this season should do well enough in all competitions.