CHECKING UP ON CECH

Is Petr Cech now as good as he ever was?

Accepted wisdom, although the player may dispute this, is he has not been quite the same since becoming closely acquainted with Stephen Hunt’s knee back in October 2006.

Prior to the head injury he was the keeper that won back-to-back titles, at one stage along the way going 1,024 Premier League minutes without conceding a goal – then a record. He was frequently described as the best in the world and the odd murmur was beginning that he was on course to be the best of all-time.

Old Blue Eyes believes evidence is mounting that Cech is returning to his 2004-06 heights.

True he was at fault for the goal in Zilina (one of only four he has let in over 13 Chelsea games this season don’t forget) but then he wasn’t faultless back at the beginning, however much time turns memories into black-and-white stories.

Three weeks before winning the league at Bolton in 2005 he misjudged a Birmingham free-kick, allowing it over his head which ultimately led to a goal and two home points dropped at a high-pressure time.

Let us recall Petr’s best moments from this season so far.

A finger-tip low save to stop Alex Baptiste finding the bottom corner when Chelsea were beating Blackpool 2-0. The first time he had truly been extended this season and he was up the challenge. He followed that up with a good tip-over save on a looping Gary Taylor-Fletcher shot for the same opposition.

Then there was the brilliant save in the top corner from Andrey Arshavin when it was still goalless against Arsenal. Away to Villa it would have been another point lost had he not saved from Jon Carew and made himself a big obstacle for Nigel Reo-Coker to beat in the dying seconds.

There were a succession of saves in Moscow and he denied Kevin Doyle of Wolves before that incredible recovery save on Saturday after slipping on the soggy Blackburn turf.

And then there is the hand, or more precisely, the boot he has had in goals.

Look at how similar the first goal against Blackburn and the third against Wigan are: the deliberate long pass from Cech out to Florent Malouda on the left, the cross to Drogba battling at the far post and Anelka finishing it off. Uncanny.

Back to keeping the ball out of the net and much was made of Jason Roberts’ wastefulness late on in the Blackburn game that could have clinched a home win but if you watch the action again, note how hard by Cech’s positioning and the timing of his charge-out it was for the Blackburn sub to find a gap on route to goal.

Cech back to his best? The raw statistics this season back that idea up. OBE believes there is a very good case.

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  • dmon

    let's get this straight, chelsea is not a young team and in the match against sunderland we looked tired. plain n simple. add to that the sacking of ray and we had all the making of a disaster. terry come back!! the defence is in tatters without a leader. get well soon…….

  • dan

    Chelsea-Sunderland: this score was more humiliating defeat than with Notts County (0-6 in 1924). In the last matches we not playing anything. We need a change. There are people who scoff at the club and fans.
    I think that the coach takes us stupid.
    Mocking the club's history, he and other players.
    I apologize for not writing about the subject of the article. and maybe I'm too harsh.

  • FADEYI JOSEPH OLUSOLA

    FIRSTLY WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR BEFORE SAYING A GOALKEEPER IS GOOD?

    TO ME IT’S THE WORK OF THE DEFENDERS TO GUIDE HIM&HE SHOULD ONLY BE THERE FOR SOME LOOSE BALLS,SO IF THE DEFENDERS AREN’T GOOD THEN CECH WILL NOT BE AS GOOD AS THIS,IN SOME CASES SOME GOALKEEPERS DON’T HAVE CONFIDENCE WHILE SOME DON’T TIME,CALCULATE WELL,POSITIONING E.T.C

    PETR CECH?;NOT FORGETTING SOME FACTS THAT HE IS GRADUALLY COMING TO THE HEIGHT HE WAS AT 2004/05 SEASON,THE INJURY WAS INITIALLY A CAREER THREATHENING ONE AND PETR HAS SHOWN THAT THIS SEASON LONG,HE’S GRADUALLY ATTAINING THE HEIGHT MATCH IN MATCH OUT,…WE ALL KNOW THAT IF HILARIO IS AT GOAL CHELSEA FC PLAY MORE OF DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL THAT WE WERE ALL USE TO DURING JOSE MOURINHO’S REIGN AT STAMFORD BRIDGE, SW6.KUDOS TO PETR CECH IS UN ARGUABLY ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD.

  • yeshe

    cech is the magnetic goali……………….

  • Thom

    Truly Peter Cech is so amazingly this season, may he continue to the end & has injury free. So that he will be reward for his work & you Ambassador of peace, please continue to make us fans of Chelsea, to continue our happiness in you & also has injury free Amen, so that we Africans we feel good of you & all over the world as well. Up Chelsea, Chelsea we stand forever blues

  • ZUBAIRU .A. AKWANGA

    Petr Cech is one of the best keeper in the world. No any goalkeeper can beat that from him. You can see one of the best save against Blackburn. I hope that he will end his carrier with the Blues.Thanks and keep it up.

  • ALAKA SAHEED

    i jst love watching peter cech catching those balls weneva is in form, he has bin absolutely great dis season sofar .. i wish him best of luck for the rest of the season

  • Kayode Lawal

    I think Cech is back to the form that won us the 24-26 league

  • Makavelli

    Cech is one of best goalkeepers in the world and the best this term in the premiership. With the way things are going,he is enroute to be CFC's all time best and he is only a few milestones away from being the world best. Keep it goin Peter-save like we call u in Nigeria.

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