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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