In a shock move, Chelsea legend has been named as an emergency fourth choice goalkeeper in the 25 man Premier League squad.
In a surprising turn of event, Chelsea named Petr Cech as one of the players in their 25 man roster for their season. The Chelsea legend retired from professional football following a five year run with Arsenal. One of the greatest keepers of all time and probably the best during his prime, the current keepers at the London club should be gaining a lot of knowledge from the Czech Republican, however, no one expected the Blues to actually bring him out of retirement and name him in their squad.
The 38-year-old is well past his playing days but still has a lot of knowledge to share as he was one of the best during his days. Considering this, the current plight at Chelsea is quite shocking. Kepa Arrizabalaga has been an utter flop at the club and needs some time away to regain his confidence but under the guidance of Cech, he should have been improving. Cech joined his former club as a technical and performance advisor after he left Arsenal. He also managed to bring in Edouard Mendy from Rennes as Chelsea’s new number one due to Kepa’s inconsistency.
Cech himself came from Rennes in 2005 after the Roman Abramovich takeover. The young keeper went on to become a legend at Stamford Bridge, winning four FA Cups, four Premier Leagues, and one UEFA Champions League. Frank Lampard said that the inclusion of the big man was just due to precautions due to the current pandemic and that it was not a big deal. He also praised Cech’s former achievements and said that the current keepers could learn a lot from the legend,
It’s something which is really positive for the goalkeepers as a whole, and Petr enjoys doing it, so why not give back and give that experience to the goalkeepers.
“We are a tight-knit family here at Chelsea. It’s important we promote that a lot. We are trying to make sure the group is together. Why would you not tap into having the best goalkeeper in the world, which he was for a long time, to pass on that knowledge?”
Chelsea are trying not to sensationalize this move too much as it may in fact come around to bite them in their backs. The news of Cech being required to be a fourth keeper could also demotivate the already distressed Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Spaniard who is the most expensive keeper in the world has not been living up to his expectations at all and this news could demotivate him even more. Meanwhile, Edouard Mendy has already made a name for himself as the undisputed started over Kepa, with the 28-year-old hailing Cech for his support.
It’s an absolute pleasure to be with him every day, to work with him and particularly in training, It allows me to see how he works and analyse how he trains as well. It’s a bonus for me being here.” Mendy said
Source Football London
After Chelsea along with Kepa conceding 3 goals against Southampton over a week ago, Lampard opted to choose Mendy against Sevilla and Manchester United in their Champions League and Premier League clash respectively. Thought both matches were played out a 0-0 draw, Mendy was impressive on both occasions and continued to keep a clean sheet for the Blues while Kepa continues to struggle to do so.
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