Champions League & Petr Cech

The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations. Petr Čech (born 20 May 1982) is a Czech footballer who plays for and the as a goalkeeper. 5.0/5

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What a moment. Petr Cech saves Arjen Robben's penalty in extra-time of the 2012 Champions League final.
Charlie Nicholas praises Petr Cech after Arsenal progress in Champions League
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Petr Cech likely to get Champions League recall for crunch Bayern Munich clashes.
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Mikel nets first Champions League goal When Chelsea lost to Newcastle last weekend, Nigeria’s John Mikel Obi was made the scapegoat as he was blamed for not marshalling the midfield as well as Serbian Nemanja Matic who missed the game through accumulation of five yellow cards. But in Wednesday night’s Champions League clash against Sporting Lisbon, the former Lyn Oslo star gave a star performance and earned a goal for himself when he bundled home Chelsea’s third goal on 56 minutes to make it 3-1 and add to Cesc Fabregas and Andre Schuerrle goals for the Blues. The goal is Mikel Obi’s first ever Champions League goal for Chelsea after 58 appearances. The goal wasn’t beautiful or spectacular but was a significant strike for the Nigerian as he celebrated like a newly wed with teammates who embraced him with graciously for a job well-done. The Blues were already assured of qualification as goals from Cesc Fabregas, Andre Schurrle and John Obi Mikel secured the victory, despite Adrien Silva’s effor ...
Chelsea finished their Champions League group stage campaign unbeate with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Sporting at Stamford Bridge. Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Filipe Luis was brought down by Ricardo Esgaio inside the first ten minutes. Andre Schurrle added a second shortly after, with a fierce shot from the edge of the box following good work by Nemanj Matic. Sporting clawed a goal back in the second half through Jonathan Silva, but John Obi Mikel restored the home side's advantage and secured all three points, while Schalke's victory over Maribor meant the Lisbon side did not qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. Jose Mourinho made six changes after Chelsea's first loss of the season at Newcastle United on Saturday as the likes of Schurrle, goalkeeper Petr Cech and highly rated defender Kurt Zouma came in. The visitors, also missing the suspende Cedric, were crucially without Manchester United loanee Nani - scorer in four of their five Champions League ma ...
Chelsea managers under Roman Abramovich - how they rated 1.Claudio Ranieri (2000-04) - The Tinkerman signed Frank Lampard and agreed a deal for Petr Cech before becoming Roman Abramovich's first sacking. He blew a Champions League semi-final against Monaco. 6 2. Jose Mourinho (2004-07) - Joined as a Champions League winner with Porto. Secured a first top-flight title since 1955 and then set a record Premier League points total. He won five major tophies in three seasons before falling out with Abramovich. 9 3. Avram Grant (2007-08) - He had already arrived as a director of football, which angered Mourinho, and then took over as manager. He got to a Champions League final in Moscow, but didn't win a single trophy. 5 4. Phil Scolari (2008-09) - Having turned down the England job, the Brazilian World Cup-winning manager arrived with a big reputation. But he never won the respect of the dressing room and didn't last a season. 3 5. Guus Hiddink (2009) - Job-shared as caretaker while he was Russia manager. He w ...
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he has received no offers for out-of-favour goalkeeper Petr Cech. Cech has fallen behind Thibaut Courtois in contention for the number one jersey at Chelsea, prompting rumours of a move to Arsenal, AC Milan and Liverpool. But Mourinho said Cech has not been affected by speculation and continues to train "for the good of the team". "Not once has Petr knocked on the door to inform me of his desire to accept some proposal," Mourinho said. "Petr Cech is our goalkeeper and he has a contract for two more years. He is a fantastic professional." The Czech international's only Premier League appearance this season came when Courtois was substituted after sustaining a head injury during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Arsenal on 5 October. He has started in two Capital One Cup games and two Champions League games. In August Mourinho admitted Cech was "not totally happy" about losing his regular starting place. "Diego Costa is totally recovered, the same with [Andre] Schurrle. [Cesc] Fabreg ...
* Manchester United are planning to sell Angel Di Maria, 26, to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer to create funds for a sensational move for either Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, 25, or Cristiano Ronaldo, 29. * Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, who is currently playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge. * Lionel Messi's father Jorge says the prospect of his son leaving Barcelona is "not even on the table", after an interview the 27-year-old gave earlier this week prompted speculation about a move away. * Bayern Munich winger and Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri, 23, could be forced to stay with the German champions until the end of the season as he is cup tied in the Champions League. * Jose Mourinho has ordered his scouts to keep tabs on Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings, 21, as a potential long-term replacement for John Terry at Chelsea. * Manchester United are preparing a move for AC Milan defender Adil Rami, 28. * Manchester City are willing t ...
Chelsea have little time to recover from their excursions in the Champions League last night as they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime. Here is the line-up we think Jose Mourinho will go with: Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois should come straight back in after Petr Cech was given a rare run-out against Maribor last night. Defence: Cesar Azpilicueta is likely to replace Filipe Luis at left-back after serving his three-match domestic ban. Gary Cahill will also be recalled in place of Kurt Zouma after being given a breather on Wednesday night. John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic will retain their places at the back. Midfield: Mourinho is unlikely to make any changes in midfield as Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic are excelling in the middle of the park. John Obi Mikel is struggling with a knee injury which limits his options for rotation in any case. Attack: Diego Costa came on at half- time last night but he’s expected to be restored to the starting eleven on Saturday with Didier Drogb ...
Jose Mourinho could recall Petr Cech for Chelsea’s Champions League clash at Maribor tonight. Keeper Cech has started just three games for Chelsea all season after losing his place to Thibaut Courtois. But Mourinho wants to give the 32-year-old enough game-time to ensure he doesn't leave in January. The Czech Republic star has made it clear he doesn't want to sit on the bench with Euro 2016 approaching. He plans to reassess his future ahead of the next transfer window. Mourinho is a big Cech fan and is trying to give the stopper enough minutes to keep him content at Stamford Bridge. Ex-Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti is interested in taking Cech to Real Madrid but Mourinho would prefer not to strengthen a Champions League rival. Paris St- Germain are also interested. If Cech wants to leave, he could join Turkish club Besiktas until the end of the season. Besiktas have struck up a partnership agreement with Chelsea and would be able to offer Cech guaranteed first-team football, European competition in the Eur ...
Petr Cech has indicated that he will leave Chelsea if he remains as the club’s second-choice goalkeeper. The 32-year-old has featured only twice this season, with Jose Mourinho preferring Thibaut Courtois in both the Premier League and Champions League. Cech has been Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper for 10 seasons since his arrival from Rennes in 2004 and insists he is not prepared to stay on the bench at Stamford Bridge this term. "I have not spoken to anyone, but I think they know me well enough at the club to know that the situation is definitely not the way I would imagine,” Cech told Czech radio. “With the Euros [in 2016] and the national team in mind, there is no time for me to sit on the bench and not to play. “If the situation will not start to improve for me, then I will want to solve it."
TEAM NEWS: Ramires out, Costa doubt, Cech to start for Chelsea against Bolton RAMIRES is out of Chelsea's Capital One Cup third-round tie with Bolton tomorrow night The Brazil midfielder was substituted during the 1-1 draw with Manchester City after picking up an abductor muscle injury. Ramires will be have the complaint reviewed later this week ahead of Chelsea's clash with Aston Villa on Saturday. Top scorer Diego Costa (hamstring) is unlikely to feature against Bolton either. But goalkeeper Petr Cech could start as manager Jose Mourinho plans to rotate his squad with Premier League and Champions League matches to follow in the coming weeks.
Cech Reign Over As Courtois Picked For Chelsea Opener Thibaut Courtois won his battle with Petr Cech to be Chelsea’s goalkeeper for their Premier League opener at Burnley on Monday. Blues manager Jose Mourinho had last week refused to reveal which of the two internationals would start the clash at Turf Moor, but his team-sheet showed it was young Belgian Courtois who had got the nod to make his debut ahead of Czech veteran Cech, who was named among the substitutes. Apart from injury absences, Cech had been Chelsea’s number one since joining the West London club from French side Rennes at the start of Mourinho’s first spell in charge in 2004. But the 32-year-old looked shaky at times last season and the writing was on the wall when Mourinho opted to keep Courtois in his squad this season after he had spent the last three years on loan at Atletico Madrid. Courtois was in superb form last term, helping Atletico win the Spanish league title and reach the Champions League final, a run which included a se ...
Jose Mourinho has spoken further about what he has already described as a ‘great problem’ regarding team selection for the first game of the season on Monday. The manager is yet to reveal who will be between the posts when Chelsea kick off against Burnley but in the build-up to the game he has emphasised the choice between Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois is entirely his. He has also explained he is not considering rotating the selection between different competitions, for instance playing one in the league and one in Europe. ‘This club is completely correct, this club knows what the manager is and which are the manager’s items in his job profile, and team selection is my responsibility,’ Mourinho said. ‘So my decision will be a lonely decision. I'm going to decide based on many factors obviously. ‘My number one choice will be my number one; not forever obviously because I cannot kill competition, I cannot close the door for somebody to get into the team. ‘I cannot give any player a guarante ...
Central defender Raphael Varane has been unhappy with his playing time and wages at Real Madrid, and a move to Chelsea could be in his future. Reuters As manager Jose Mourinho said earlier this week, possessing two of the best goalkeepers in the world in Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois is a good problem for Chelsea to have heading into the new Premier League term. The Great One meant it more from a competition standpoint, with the Czech and 10-year Stamford Bridge netminder and budding Belgian 22-year-old pushing each other to greater heights. But now Mourinho’s phrasing has taken on new meaning, with the Blues leveraging the position battle into a possible deal for a young, top-flight defender. Mourinho has been enamored with Real Madrid central defender Raphael Varane well before he brought the French international to the Bernabeu in 2011, and now he could facilitate a move to London with Los Blancos keen on acquiring the 32-year-old Cech for their coming La Liga and Champions League runs, The Express ...
Latest Transfer News: - Liverpool are set to make £42million from the sales of Agger, Borini, Pepe Reina and Assaidi with Brendan Rodgers planning on using the cash to buy a striker along with the £25million he has remaining from the sale of Suarez. The striker to replace Suarez is said to be follow Uruguayan Edinson Cavani. - Fraser Forster may not sign for Southampton as Celtic can continue in the Champions League despite losing to Legia Warsaw 6-1 on aggregate as they fielded an ineligible player. Forster was allowed to join Southampton if they didn't qualify. - Thomas Vermaelen is set to join Barcelona. - Aston Villa close to signing Aly Cissokho for £2million as player undergo's medical. - Jack Wilshere has been linked with a move to Juventus, however is most likely to stay with Arsenal. - Chelsea in player swap deal with Real Madrid believed to be Petr Cech for Varane. - Ajax could land the signature of Samuel Eto'o. - If their are any other feel free to comment below. - Tom
A long-term link to Stamford Bridge, the 27-year-old Uruguay international joining Jose Mourinho's side would be dependent on a number of factors, not least Chelsea's need to comply with UEFA regulations. Apart from already having exceeded the quota for foreign players over the age of 21 by one -- with Didier Drogba taking them to 18 -- the London club are also increasingly conscious of financial fair play. It is expected that Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech could move on, however, and that any purchase of Cavani would finally see the long-mooted sale of Fernando Torres. Furthermore, the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Everton brought in 28 million pounds, freeing up more funds. Sources told ESPN FC that Chelsea have been quoted a price of 40 million pounds by PSG for Cavani, and that the player is eager to move to Stamford Bridge -- despite a public declaration that he would prefer to stay in France. There has already been preliminary contact between the London club and the player's camp, although Chelsea are s ...
01-07-2014 Henrique Hilario 's playing contract ends this summer following eight years as a Chelsea Football Club goalkeeper. The Portuguese arrived on a free transfer ahead of the 2006/07 season, signed by Jose Mourinho , and was backup to Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini . With both Cech and Cudicini out injured, he made his debut in a Champions League home match against Barcelona, and it proved a debut to remember as Hilario turned in an impressive performance, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win. With first and second-choice keepers remaining out, he went on to make another 17 appearances that season. Christmas 2007 saw Hilario thrust back into the spotlight. With Cudicini out injured, he replaced Cech in a 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers, also featuring in festive-period wins against Newcastle United, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers. He would play once more during the 2007/08 campaign, coming on for the injured Cudicini in a Champions League game against Fenerbahçe at Stamford Bridge. Ross Turnbull's signing ...
exactly. Mark Schwarzer, for Chelsea was played in goals when Petr Cech was injured against PSG in the Champions League and hes 40
Chelsea to listen to Cech offers as Mourinho demands Courtois return The Belgium international is expected to sign a new five-year contract and replace the 32-year-old as the first-choice goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge next season Chelsea are willing to sell Petr Cech this summer as they prepare to make Thibaut Courtois their No.1 goalkeeper next season, Goal understands. Jose Mourinho has made it clear to the Blues hierarchy that he does not want Courtois going on loan for a fourth consecutive campaign. The Chelsea boss believes the Belgian is ready to establish himself at Stamford Bridge as the undisputed first-choice keeper and force Cech down the pecking order. Courtois, 22, has indicated he is prepared to sign the five-year contract he has been offered by Chelsea to replace his current deal, which has two years remaining. The London side are expected to encourage Cech, who turned 32 last month, to find a new club during the current transfer window. The Belgium international has been named La Liga's be ...
I want to leave! Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois eyes up permanent move to Atletico Madrid. CHELSEA goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that he wants to stay at Atletico Madrid next season according to club chief executive Gil Marin. The news of Courtois' intentions to stay in Madrid will set alarm bells ringing for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. He will be reluctant to let Courtois leave Stamford Bridge as first choice keeper Petr Cech currently has a shoulder injury which will rule him out the start Chelsea's Premier League campaign. The news of Courtois' desire to stay at Aletico comes less than 24 hours after their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. But Marin revealed that the Chelsea star made his intentions known to them after them before the defeat to their local rivals. He said: “Courtois wants to stay and he’s told the directors that. "But it all depends on him and Chelsea have an injured goalkeeper.” - [via Daily Star]... As for me let the ungreatful little boy stay wt them if he w ...
Now that PSG have secured the signing of Chelsea defender David Luiz, the Parisian club can move on to some of their other targets. However, according to some source s, the two clubs may still be in talks over several other players. PSG are believed to still be pursuing their long rumored interest in Eden Hazard, as well as attempting to add Oscar and Petr Cech. Chelsea, meanwhile, seem keen on brining in Ezequiel Lavezzi. If PSG still have money to spend, and there’s no indication that they do not, then it makes perfect sense for Eden Hazard to be the target of their next move. The only reason he wasn’t their top priority this summer was probably the impending departure of young defender Marquinhos and back-up Alex. Luiz’s addition solidifies a PSG back line which was already the best in Ligue 1. However, the Luiz’s athleticism and big game experience will be a huge help to the club as they continue their push for Champions League success. A swap of Lavezzi plus cash for Hazard makes a lot of sen ...
Both Casillas and Courtois have kept five clean sheets in the Champions League this season, level with Petr Cech and David De Gea.
Chelsea are weighing up selling Petr Cech this summer. The Telegraph says Chelsea will consider allowing Cech to leave Stamford Bridge if the goalkeeper does not want to be understudy to Thibaut Courtois. The young Belgian is seemingly ready to get his chance at Stamford Bridge, after a mightily impressive side which could see him win the Europa League, Champions League and La Liga crown. Chelsea could demand more than £10 million for Cech and save on his £100,000-a-week wages. Courtois has been offered a new five-year contract worth around £70,000 a week
Best in the business can get it wrong & sometimes its a blessing in disguise for the players sent off on loan. Case in point, Jose's Chelsea & players flourishing on loan. Courtois has impressed in his third consecutive season on loan at Atletico Madrid, helping the Spaniards to the May 24 Champions League final at the expense of his parent club, and could put pressure on Petr Cech as Chelsea number one. Lukaku spent a second straight season on loan in the Premier League, scoring 17 goals for Everton - a tally greater than any of the strikers who remained at Stamford Bridge. Others will also be looked at closely by Mourinho, including Victor Moses, who spent the season at Liverpool, and Marko Marin, who helped Sevilla to win the Europa League.
* Official Match Thread* Chelsea VS Norwich City 4th May 2014 Stamford Bridge Kick Off 8:25 p.m I.S.T Live Telecast Star Sports 3,4 HD 2 Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel, Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are available again as Chelsea return to Premier League duty in Sunday's clash with Norwich. The quartet missed the Champions League semi-final exit to Atlético Madrid – Lampard and Mikel were suspended, Matic and Salah ineligible – while Ramires serves the second of his four-match ban. Captain John Terry, Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o featured against Atlético despite recent injuries, while Oscar was on the bench, with all four fitness concerns and goalkeeper Petr Cech out. Meanwhile, Norwich manager Neil Adams is hopeful of having defender Joseph Yobo at Stamford Bridge. The on-loan Nigeria international has not played since Adams replaced Chris Hughton in March but is back in contention following a calf injury. The trip to Stamford Bridge comes too soon for winger Anthony Pilkington (hip) as Adams lo ...
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Great news :D Petr Cech, John Terry, Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o have all trained for Chelsea ahead of Wednesday's Uefa Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.
Keeper Petr Cech and Captain John Terry train ahead of Wednesday's Champions League
Hazard, Eto, Petr Cech and John Terry all trained today in preparation for the 2nd leg semi-final Champions League game against Atletico Madrid. Mourinho is yet to confirm or deny whether he will field them on Wednesday. We shall overcome.
Petr Cech, John Terry and Eden Hazard take part in Chelsea training ahead of Champions League semi-final.
Petr Cech, John Terry, Samuel Eto'o and Eden Hazard all train with Chelsea ahead of the Champions League semi-final seco…
Petr Cech and John Terry both on the training pitch ahead of Champions League showdown with Atletico
Injured Chelsea F.C. stars John Terry, Petr Cech out for rest of season While Chelsea F.C. skipper John Terry suffered a foot injury during their Champions League semi-final clash against Atletico Madrid, goalkeeper Petr Cech landed awkwardly in the first half of the match.
Chelsea lost veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech early in their Champions League semi-final versus Atletico Madrid after a violent fall in the first half. It appears the injury is as serious as it first looked. Cech has been taken to the CEMTRO Clinic where it's been confirmed he has a dislocated should...
Mark Schwarzer has just been subbed on for Chelsea in the Champions League after Petr Cech was injured. Good luck mate!
Eden Hazard and Petr Cech both return to the Chelsea squad for today's trip to Madrid ahead of our Champions League semi final first leg but Samuel Eto'o is out with a knee problem.Eto'o joins Branislav Ivanovic (suspended), Mohamed Salah (cup tied) and Nemanja Matic (cup tied) on the sidelines as we nervously await kick off tomorrow night. Chelsea need to lift themselves after a disappointing performance and result last time out against Sunderland.As we know, Champions League football is different and some have argued that Chelsea as a team this season are set up perfectly for the competition. One thing is for sure, we need to remain tight
Eden Hazard & Petr Cech has travelled to Spain with Chelsea for their Champions League semifinal first leg against Atletico Madrid, but Samuel Eto’o will miss the game because of a knee injury.
CHELSEA TEAM NEWS: Jose Mourinho resists the urge to rest key players for the Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday and makes just three changes to the side which beat Swansea 1-0. Despite scoring in his last two appearances, Demba Ba drops to the bench, with Samuel Eto'o taking the lone striking berth. Oscar replaces Andre Schurrle in the midfield while Mark Schwarzer is handed a rare start between the sticks due to Petr Cech feeling unwell. Eden Hazard once again misses out through injury.
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: Arsenal are one win away from ending a nine-year wait for silverware but must put any thought of FA Cup glory to one side as they resume their stuttering charge for a Champions League place when they host West Ham United tonight. Midfielder Tomas Rosicky and centre back Laurent Koscielny could return against 11th-placed West Ham after missing the semi-final with thigh and calf injuries respectively, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin), full-back Nacho Monreal (dead leg) and Aaron Ramsey (muscle tightness) are a doubt, as is forward Lukas Podolski. Ahead of Wednesday's Copa Del Rey final with Real Madrid, Midfielder Andres Iniesta says Barcelona "need to get over" their recent poor form and salvage their season. Meanwhile, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's Copa Del Rey final against Barcelona in Valencia due to his current knee and thigh issues. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Jose Mourinho's side can overcome a ...
Jose Mourinho will keep Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea squad next season and leave him in the shadow of Petr Cech if he decides to play against his side in the Champions League, according to reports in Spain. The Belgian keeper has been loaned to Atletico Madrid for the past three seasons and yesterday, his current side were drawn against his parent club Chelsea in the semi-finals of Europe’s top competition. Chelsea had previously claimed that a clause was in place which prevents Courtois from playing against them if they were to meet. However, a UEFA statement revealed that any such deal is illegal. Despite this, sources close to Mourinho have stated that the Portuguese manager is confident that Courtois will not play due to the agreement they had at the start of the season. Should Courtois decide to play, Mourinho has threatened to bring the 21-year-old back to Chelsea and leave him as an understudy to Petr Cech for the next two seasons, according to Marca.
TEAM NEWS: CHELSEA V Stoke City Jose Mourinho gives a rest to Eden Hazard and with Oscar also on the bench, there is a full debut for Mohamed Salah. Fernando Torresis centre-forward and with Ramires unavailable as he completes a three-match suspension, Nemanja Matic returns to the midfield having been ineligible for the Champions League. Frank Lampard also starts with David Luiz making way. The defence is unchanged for the 10thgame. Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation: 1 Petr Cech; 2 Branislav Ivanovic, 24 Gary Cahill, 26 John Terry(c), 28 Cesar Azpilicueta; 8 Frank Lampard, 21 Nemanja Matic; 14 Andre Schurrle, 22 Willian, 15 Mohamed Salah; 9 Fernando Torres. Substitutes: 23 Mark Schwarzer, 33 Tomas Kalas, 3 Ashley Cole, 4 David Luiz, 11 Oscar, 17 Eden Hazard, 19 Demba Ba. Your prediction. # Emperor
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Reality Cech: Why it's now time for Chelsea to bring back Courtois Contrasting performances this week from the Blues' current No.1 and his heir apparent show that Mourinho would be crazy not to start the Atletico Madrid loanee next season If Jose Mourinho was looking for evidence that now is the time to dispense with Petr Cech and recall Thibaut Courtois from his Atletico Madrid loan exile, then the Champions League quarter-finals will have provided plenty. "We had clear chances to make it 2-1, but because of Courtois we’re leaving with a draw," Barcelona defender Marc Bartra told reporters following their quarter-final first-leg against Atletico Madrid. Bartra had just witnessed one of the finest goalkeeping performances in Champions League history as Courtois made save after save to deny Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and others. He nearly got a hand to Neymar's equaliser for good measure. Meanwhile, Cech was being beaten at his near post in injury-time as Chelsea fell to a 3-1 defeat . ...
Gary James Cahill with a goal on his 100th appearance for the club ✓Petr Cech with a clean sheet on his 100th Champions League appearance ✓Eden Hazard cementing his tag as the best young talent in the world ✓John George Terry showing what England will miss out at the 2014 Fifa World CupCesar Azpilicueta silencing former Stamford Bridge King Didier Drogba ✓Oscar Emboaba Dos Santos showing glimpses of getting his best form back ✓Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires, tough as ever ✓Samuel Eto'o Fils proving once again that he runs Stamford Bridge now ✓Frank James Lampard dictating the tempo of the game like old times ✓# Chelsea_Footbal l_Club , the best club in the whole wide world! ✓✓✓✓✓
2013-14 Champions League knockout round second leg of a focus on dialogue, sits at Stamford Bridge Chelsea a 2-0 victory over the Turkish giants Galatasaray, with a total score out of 3 to 1 opponent, qualify for the Champions quarterfinals. Eto'o and Gary - Cahill has scored for the Blues, Drogba's first return to Stamford Bridge failed accomplishment.     First, the Chelsea defense is still mired in a stable portfolio of goalkeeper Petr Cech, Ivanovic back four, respectively, Terry, Cahill and Azpilicueta . Frank Lampard and Ramires composed of dual lumbar, before their body was Oscar, William and Azar, Samuel Eto'o as a lone striker. Drogba Galatasaray biggest thing is starting debut, and Yilmaz up front, the first leg of devotion assists Sneijder also entered starter.   Because while Eto'o and Drogba starting, the game has also been rendered into a media battle between the African football's two great strikers. Lined up to shake hands before the occasion of Warcraft select Chelsea tail cheetah stan ...
City gained sweet revenge over Chelsea with a tactically superb 2-0 win over Jose Mourinho’s side at the Etihad Stadium. The Blues out- thought and out-fought the West Londoners to progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals and move within one win of yet another Wembley appearance. A goal in each half from Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri was just reward for City's superb all-round team performance ahead of Tuesday's mouth-watering Champions League match with Barcelona. With the Premier League defeat to Chelsea still fresh in the memory, the Blues knew it was imperative they started this game well and, if possible, find the back of the net early on. The failure to breach the Chelsea defence in the previous meeting, despite a bright start, eventually proved costly with Mourinho's men battening down the hatches after breaking the deadlock, but this time it would be different. The break-through City needed nearly came as early as the tenth minute when a powerful Yaya Toure drive was spilled by Petr Cech and Jovet ...
Landmarks tonight too for Petr Cech, who makes his 450th Chelsea appearance, and John Mikel Obi, playing a 50th Champions Le…
Basel defeat Chelsea but José Mourinho's team still advance to last 16 Basel 1 Chelsea 0 Chelsea have qualified for the knockout phase of the Champions League yet, as the locals celebrated raucously and the acrid smoke from their victory flares drifted across the turf, it was the scowl worn by José Mourinho that summed up this evening's work. A chance to win this group was passed up in Switzerland, Basel completing a deserved double over the Europa League holders, even if Schalke's goalless draw in distant Bucharest edged Chelsea through regardless. In the end, they staggered on in a daze. There was an admission from Mourinho in the aftermath that he had erred in his selection, that fatigue had undermined his team's efforts for all that Basel had been excellent to merit their win. There had been a solitary change from Saturday's powerful victory at West Ham United, and yet Chelsea had been unrecognisable. Had it not been for Petr Cech, they would have been buried by the break. As it was, Mohamed Salah's ...
Basle 1 Chelsea 0: Champions League match report 26 November 2013 22:04 Basle 1 Chelsea 0: Salah nets at the death... but Mourinho's men still scrape through to knockout stage PUBLISHED: 21:36 GMT, 26 November 2013 | UPDATED: 22:31 GMT, 26 November 2013 The clock above his goal said 10.30pm when Petr Cech was finally beaten. Just as Stamford Bridge it was Mohamed Salah who did it, racing clear behind Branislav Ivanovic to clip a shot over the diving goalkeeper. It was harsh on Cech but Basle had been the better team in St Jakob-Park and deserved the win given to them four minutes from time. The defeat will not live long in the memory. In fact, like Jose Mourinho's new haircut, the best thing that can be said is that in two months it will probably be forgotten. At the death: Mohamed Salah netted against a poor Chelsea side to boost Basle's qualification hopes Heads down: But Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry and John Obi Mikel (left-right) are still through Not good enough: Terry and his Chelsea team-mates lo ...
Jose Mourinho gave full credit to Basel in the wake of their victory tonight and says he knows why the Blues' performance was so disappointing. We struggled to get a foothold on the game throughout and were grateful to Petr Cech for some important saves, particularly before the interval. Improvement was made in the second half but it wasn't enough to avoid defeat, with Mohamed Salah's winner four minutes from time the least the Swiss champions deserved for their dominance. A goalless draw in Group E's other game, between Steaua Bucharest and Schalke, guarantees our progression to the next phase of this year's Champions League. 'The only positive thing is that we go through, but not because we got the result,' said Mourinho.' In the end we qualified which is our first objective and now we have the last match at home to finish first. 'Today I want to praise Basel. They won because we were sleeping in the last minutes but they won also because they were the best team and they deserved to win.' Mourinho offer ...
Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours For a list of confirmed transfers, check out the transfers page. Follow breaking Sports News every weekday with Sportsday. TRANSFER GOSSIP Chelsea are planning a £60m bid for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, 27, with boss Jose Mourinho going to watch him in action for Colombia against Belgium on Thursday. Full story: Daily Mirror Radamel Falcao Radamel Falcao would be eligible for the Champions League should Chelsea sign him in January Arsenal have stepped up their pursuit of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 25, as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looks to boost his attacking options. Full story: Daily Mirror Manchester United could make a January move for 24-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, with Shinji Kagawa, also 24, heading in the opposite direction. Full story: The Times (subscription based) Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has given up on signing Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes, 31, and has switched his attentions to landing Malaga ...
EPL Updates : Dubious pen spares Chelsea, Reds rout West Bromwich Albion almost inflicted Jose Mourinho's first Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge - but a controversial 94th-minute penalty from Eden Hazard saved a 2-2 draw and a point for Chelsea. Samuel Eto'o continued his good scoring form, having notched two against Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday night, when he tapped home right on half time after good work from Eden Hazard. But Shane Long scrambled home an equaliser in the 61st minute before Stephane Sessegnon scored what looked to be the winner seven minutes later when his shot somehow found its way through Petr Cech. Hazard equalised from the spot after a dubious decision when Ramires went down under Steven Reid's challenge. Liverpool closed the gap on leaders Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table with another overwhelming performance at Anfield, this time dismantling an abject Fulham side with a 4-0 victory. Fernando Amorebieta's unfortunate own goal midway through the ...
E*L*A*T*E*D! “It Was A Good Response” – Mourinho Happy With Chelsea’s Win Over Schalke Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, was delighted with his side’s 3-0 win over Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday. Samuel Eto’o grabbed a brace, while Demba Ba volleyed in the third goal, to give the Blues all three points. “I think it was good [response] but of course the first 15 minutes were difficult, we were a team without big maturity and stability after the defeat on Sunday. After that we played very well and kept possession in a comfortable way and after the first goal we played well,” Mourinho said. “I know Petr Cech made a fantastic save for a possible 1-1 but everybody worked hard and made defensive work especially the wingers against their full-backs.” Mourinho also revealed how he told Eto’o to close down Schalke keeper, Timo Hilderbrand, which eventually led to the first goal of the game. He said: “I told him that. I know the keeper from Portugal and Spain because he was there and ...
Second ‘first’ Cup could be crucial for Jose Mourinho Chelsea manager knows triumph in Capital One Cup could help to usher in new era of silverware Tuesday 29 October 2013 Jose Mourinho knows all about the importance of the first win. The highest hurdle for any team to clear is the first one. Many potentially good teams – Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle, or even Emirates-era Arsenal – never won that opening trophy, the one that could have delivered them into the elite. Chelsea, it must be said, are not exactly strangers to success, even since Mourinho left six years ago. They won the Europa League in May, of course, and the Champions League and FA Cup in 2012. But this is still a young squad, with just a few players – Petr Cech, John Terry and Frank Lampard – who remember the relentless triumphs of Mourinho’s first spell. Eden Hazard and Oscar have not yet won a domestic trophy with Chelsea. Kevin De Bruyne, Marco Van Ginkel, André Schürrle and Willian have won nothing here at all. Mourinho has ...
Regional paper talk LONDON EVENING STANDARD Petr Cech has warned Chelsea's rivals the team will pose even more of a threat now that their strikers such as Fernando Torres are finding form. Jack Wilshere insists Arsenal can go toe to toe with the best teams in Europe as they prepare to fight for their Champions League future. MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS Darren Fletcher could be close to ending his illness *** after training with the United First Team again yesterday. Mark Bosnich intends to seek out Sir Alex Ferguson in Australia later this month to challenge him over the Scot's assessment of his second stint at Old Trafford. Manuel Pellegrini has slammed UEFA over the state of the Moscow pitch on which City face a crucial Champions League game tonight. LIVERPOOL ECHO Jordan Henderson says moving to Liverpool has helped his chances with England. Mamadou Sakho has told Liverpool they are still to see the very best of him. Gareth Barry insists he has settled at Everton quicker than any club during his career. R ...
Chelsea V Fulham-Match Preview: Friday 20 September 2013 £50m striker Fernando Torres could be set to start up front for Chelsea after the player didn’t even make the match-day squad for Chelsea’s Champions League defeat to Basle on Wednesday. Fulham striker Darren Bent is still suffering with an injury, so Dimitar Berbatov is set to start as Fulham’s only striker at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho comes into the game on the back of two straight defeats, but has never lost a Premier League home game as Chelsea manager. Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer made 172 appearances for Fulham during a 5-year spell at the club. He is unlikely to face his old team on Saturday with Petr Cech set to start in goal. Saturday: 17.30 Past three meetings Fulham 0 Chelsea 3 (Terry 2, Luiz), Premier League, April 2013 Chelsea 0 Fulham 0, Premier League, November 2012 Fulham 1 Chelsea 1, Premier League, April 2012 Stats Fulham manager Martin Jol will be looking for his second away win of the season, but Fulham have not ...
UCL: Jose Mourinho endures poor UCL start as Chelsea lose at home to Basel, Arsenal beat Marseille at Thursday, September 19, 2013 Not pretty watching: Jose Mourinho suffered only his second ever defeat at Stamford Bridge CHELSEA suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Basel in Jose Mourinho's first Champions League game back at the club. Oscar broke the deadlock for Chelsea on the stroke of half-time with a fine finish into the bottom corner after being played in by Frank Lampard. The Brazilian struck the crossbar with a wonderful effort early in the second period and there were also chances for Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic, but Chelsea never looked fully in control and they were pegged back in the 71st minute by a curling shot from Mohamed Salah. Basel were not content to hold on for a point, though, and were rewarded for their adventure eight minutes from time when Marco Streller's near-post header from a corner crept past Petr Cech. Willian was brought into the starting XI for his debut after arr ...
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Chelsea FC 2009 vs Chelsea FC 2013 So now that the transfer window is closed I can very well make this comparison as to how our current squad matches upto a Chelsea squad of the past that was considered to be a ‘complete’ squad. I wouldn’t want to run far into history as then the constraints change. I don’t want to include complicate bringing in the time variable by comparing it to the more ‘complete’ one from the first era under Jose Mourinho. The squad of 2009-10, coached by former AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti did the domestic double that season. And even if I would say that the Champions League triumph is much important than the domestic double, I wouldn’t rate the team that won the CL better than the 2009-10 one. I will cut short some fringe players so as to keep it short and precise. And for the purpose of ease, I will modify Carlo’s 4-3-3 squad to our current 4-5-1 squad. So does our current squad match up to all the hype surrounding it? Here we go! GOALKEEPER 2009 : Petr Cech, H ...
Farewell to four Blues Chelsea said goodbye to four players this week when the contracts of Paulo Ferreira, Florent Malouda, Ross Turnbull and Yossi Benayoun expired. Popular veteran Ferreira spent nine years with the Blues, after joining the club as a European champion from Porto in 2004. More silverware soon followed for the Portuguese full-back, winning the first of his three Premier League titles in his debut season. Malouda also claimed his fair share of medals during six years at Stamford Bridge, with his finest campaign arguably coming in 2009/10, when he helped us win our first domestic Double and was voted as Chelsea Players' Player of the Year. Goalkeeper Turnbull spent most of his time as Petr Cech's deputy, playing 19 games and being named on the bench for our successful Champions League and Europa League finals. Israeli international Benayoun's three years as a Blue were hindered by injury, but he returned from loan to make several appearances in the second half of last season. Marko Marin, T ...
JOSEE MOURIHNO HIS EXELENCE OF A TO Z(A-Z). * A is for ambulances: When Petr Cech suffered a severe head injury after clattering into another player at Reading, Mourinho pointed the finger at the ambulance service and claimed that their slow reaction could have proved fatal for his goalkeeper. "Thirty minutes in the dressing room, waiting for an ambulance... If my goalkeeper dies in that dressing room, it is something English football has to think about," the Portuguese raged. The reality, however, was rather different: the ambulance arrived after seven minutes and within 19, Cech was already in hospital. B is for Benitez: Mourinho and Rafa Benitez have never seen eye to eye and their rivalry was not restricted only to the pitch during the Portuguese's time at Chelsea and the Spaniard's spell at Liverpool, when the Reds beat the Blues in two Champions League semi-finals. Later, Benitez replaced Mourinho at Inter and the Portuguese poured scorn on his rival's triumph in the Club World Cup as he took the cr ...
Schurrle delighted to finally seal his £18m move to Chelsea and becomes Jose's first signing (Submitted by Sports Journalist) CHELSEA have completed the signing of German international Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen for £18million. The 22-year-old winger has signed a five-year-deal and will wear the No 14 shirt at Stamford Bridge. 'I am so happy now I have signed and it is an honour for me to play for this club, with this team and for these great fans,' Schurrle said. 'I am really looking forward to it.' 'We have a great team with some very talented young players. We can all improve ourselves, and under Jose Mourinho I'm confident we can have a really great season. 'For this club, winning titles is always the main objective. We have a great young team with so much quality. 'We are capable of doing well in the Premier League, Champions League and the cup competitions as well, and I hope to play a big part.' Schurrle, who can also play as a striker, is noted for his ability to score spectacularly fr ...
THE CONTROVERSIAL ONE. A is for ambulances: Mourinho said ambulance service had put Petr Cech's life at risk after keeper suffered serious head injury at Reading. B is for Benítez: Mourinho said Rafa should be grateful for his part in Inter's Club World Cup win: "I thought he was going to thank me." C is for Camp Nou car park: Mourinho waited there to insult ref Teixeira Vitienes after Madrid's Copa Del Rey exit to Barça in January 2012. D is for Dani Alves: Mou mocked the Brazilian by ironically comparing him to Einstein and reminded him a Portuguese had discovered his country. E is for EPL: Mourinho was hit with a big fine from Premier League for illegal meeting with Ashley Cole over a move from Arsenal to Chelsea. F is for Frisk: Mourinho (wrongly) claimed Swedish ref invited Barça boss Rijkaard into hisroom at HT. Frisk retired after death threats. G is for Guardiola: Mourinho ridiculed Pep for talking about a correct referee call and questioned both of his Champions League triumphs. H is for handc ...
As we mentioned a week or so ago, with the season over it seems like a good time to have a peek at the best eleven players in Europe this season. In deference to footballing fashion they line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Manuel Neuer – until the Champions League final Neuer was struggling and behind Thibault Cortois and Petr Cech in this list, not for any mistakes he had made but a simple lack of action over the course of the season. While Dortmund didn’t quite besiege the Bayern keeper he was called upon, and showed his amazing skills when required. Possibly the best in the world for some time to come. Philip Lahm – people talk about Ronaldo and Messi as being on a different planet, and they are in attacking terms. While they are without equal in their positions it is fair to say Bayern and Germany captain Lahm is as far ahead of anyone else in either full-back position as either of the attacking stars, and considerably more reliable. Masterful. Mats Hummels – Dortmund have bigger names in their sq ...
NEWS UPDATE: - Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has hailed the impact Arjen Robben has made on his side's run to the Champions League final. - Petr Cech and David Luiz have hailed outgoing boss Rafa Benitez and revealed their excitement about the likely arrival of Jose Mourinho. SAQ!
CHELSEA WINS AT THE DEATH Chelsea made it back-to-back European wins as they claimed the Europa League with a 2-1 win over Benfica in the Amsterdam Arena. The final had appeared to be heading for extra-time as Oscar Cardozo had levelled from the penalty spot just eight minutes after Fernando Torres had put Chelsea ahead on the hour. But it was won in injury-time as Branislav Ivanovic rose brilliantly to head home a Juan Mata corner to give Chelsea yet more European silverware just 12 months after claiming the Champions League title. It was a night of disappointment for Benfica as they played their part in a thrilling contest in Holland. The Portuguese outfit were by far the better team in the opening half, and they enjoyed good possession throughout - but they failed to really test Petr Cech. As early as the second minute Cardozo headed over, whilst Nico Gaitan twice fired wide and Enzo Perez and Eduardo Salvio were constantly probing and driving forward from midfield. One-time Bolton loanee Rodrigo proba ...
MATCH DETAILS OF CHELSEA AND MAN U The first half was dominated by the Red Devils as Chelsea endured a torrid first 10 minutes, with Chicharito opening the scoring with a header, before Rooney extended the lead with a fortuitous free-kick. It was truly a tale of two halves, though, as Chelsea controlled the second period, eventually getting their just rewards with a stunning effort from Hazard and a smart finish from Ramires. Sir Alex Ferguson chose to retain the bulk of the side that fell to a disappointing Champions League exit on Tuesday, though he made four changes as Jonny Evans, Shinji Kagawa, Rooney and Chicharito came in, at the expense of Nemanja Vidic, Danny Welbeck, Ryan Giggs and Robin Van Persie. Rafa Benitez, meanwhile, made wholesale changes as only Petr Cech, David Luiz, Oscar and Frank Lampard remained from the side that fell to a 1-0 defeat against Steaua Bucharest on Thursday, with John Terry, Hazard and Fernando Torres amongst those notably excluded. It took just four minutes for the d ...
Chelsea Captain John Terry is fit to face Sparta Prague in the last 32, despite missing the 4-1 win over Wigan at the weekend. The European champions play their first ever Europa League game - the last time they featured in this competition in 2002/03 it was labelled the UEFA Cup - after they became the first ever defending champions to be dumped out of the Champions League at the group stages. The Blues will be without David Luiz and Demba Ba, who are suspended and cup-tied respectively, while Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel have been left out due to their participation in the African Cup of Nations. However, there is good news as both Gary Cahill and Petr Cech are fit to feature, the latter making 38 appearances for Sparta Prague in 2001/02. The Czech club have not played since early December due to the winter break, and while they will be rested and fresh for the tie, they may be lacking in match-fitness for such a crucial game. (Rinche)
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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has urged his side to be more clinical in front of goal as they bid to avoid a trophy-less season. Wednesday's exit from the Capital One Cup, after failing to score in either leg of their semi-final with Swansea, means the Blues have already missed out on five competitions this term, with the Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, World Club Championship and Uefa Champions League added to their League Cup exit. Rafael Benitez's side also trail Premier League leaders Manchester United by 11 points, and goalkeeper Cech has placed the blame for their predicament squarely at the feet of their forward players. While Benitez has defended Fernando Torres, who has now gone eight games without a goal, the interim boss opted to go with Demba Ba up front at the Liberty Stadium knowing his side needed at least two goals, and appeared reluctant to introduce Torres as a substitute. The former Inter Milan boss insisted his selection was simply down to rotation, but Cech knows, regardless of who p ...
Chelsea put Arsenal's top-four challenge on ice with a 2-1 win over their London rivals at snowy Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Rafael Benitez's side raced into a two-goal lead within the first 16 minutes thanks to Juan Mata's strike and a Frank Lampard penalty and then weathered the storm in freezing temperatures as Arsenal threatened a second half fightback. Theo Walcott's cool finish gave Arsenal hope of salvaging a point, but the Gunners now languish 11 points behind third placed Chelsea and six adrift of fourth placed Tottenham, who could extend that advantage when they face Manchester United later on Sunday. Arsene Wenger's side have won only one of their last five matches and another frustrating season looks set to be reduced to a struggle to qualify for the Champions League. With heavy snow settling across London throughout Sunday morning, it was briefly feared the match may have to be postponed, but it went ahead as scheduled, giving Chelsea a chance to cure their home sickness. The Blues had won jus ...
NO players from the Champions League winners in the FIFA world XI?? Petr Cech, Juan Mata?? And if Pique is world class, I'm Messi!
European champions Chelsea's compensation for missing out on the Champions League knockout stages is a last-32 tie against Sparta Prague, former club of their goalkeeper Petr Cech, in the Europa League. Thursday's draw threw up a number of intriguing ties with Inter Milan, European champions in 2010, drawn against CFR Cluj of Romania and Ajax, four-times European Cup winners, taking on Steaua Bucharest who lifted the trophy in 1986. Five-times European champions Liverpool face Zenit St Petersburg while Atletico Madrid, who won the Europa League last season, play Rubin Kazan of Russia. Chelsea dropped down into the Europa League after becoming the first reigning European champions to fail to get through the group stage of the Champions League. Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk qualified from the Londoners' group. The winners of that tie will play either Ajax or Steaua. Ajax also failed to survive the Champions League group stages, losing out to Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, and they will have a tough task ...
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Europa League DRAW: Chelsea face Sparta Prague, Liverpool land Zenit, Spurs take on Lyon and Newcastle face Metalist Europa League draw - Sparta Prague v Chelsea Tottenham v Lyon Newcastle v Metalist Kharkiv Zenit St Petersburg v Liverpool Scroll down for the full last-32 draw and the round of 16 Chelsea have been drawn against Sparta Prague in the last 32 of the Europa League. The Champions League holders, who finished third behind Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk as they tried to defend their title, play the first leg away against the Czech side. It will be a return to his former club for Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech. Liverpool travel to Russia for the second time this season after being drawn against Zenit St Petersburg. The Reds, winners of Europe's secondary competition in 1973, 1976 and 2001, topped Group A ahead of Anzhi Makhachkala on goal difference. Humbled: Chelsea won the Champions League but slipped down to the Europa League six months later Tottenham have been paired with French big guns Lyon wit ...
Ramon: a little late is saying but Didier Drogba had "Superbowl style" championship rings made for the whole team and staff in commeration of our Champions League title, a special dinner was also held. Juan Mata, Petr Cech and Fernando Torres were not present tho for reasons unknown to me. The whole thing was said to have been thought up and funded by Didier Drogba...
Petr Cech has been left to rue the result he believes cost Chelsea their participation in the Champions League, the home draw with Juventus, Sky Sports has reported. [roots]
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Champions League group stage exit will strengthen Rafa Benitez's side Petr Cech claims Chelsea are better off crashing out of Champions League group stages despite becoming the first holders to fail to reach knockout phase. More news on
TODAY NEWSPAPER Bacary Sagna looks set to be the next high-profile Arsenal player to walk away from the club. DAILY MAIL Manchester City have ruled out a summer move for Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho - even if Roberto Mancini gets the sack. DAILY MIRROR Roberto Mancini needs to retain the Premier League title to be certain of keeping his job as Manchester City manager. DAILY EXPRESS West Ham have around three months to improve the terms of their deal to move into the Olympic Stadium or the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will pursue a "plan B" without football. THE GUARDIAN Petr Cech last night blamed a collective failure by Chelsea's players for the club becoming the first holders of the Champions League to exit the competition at the group stage. THE INDEPENDENT Russian club Zenit St Petersburg are after Marouane Fellaini.The Everton midfielder is on Chelsea's hitlist for next month's transfer window. THE SUN Celtic boss Neil Lennon hailed a "monumental achievement" by his side after they claimed a Cha ...
Chelsea: Last Minute Team News and Potential Starting XI vs. Nordsjaelland With that team news in mind, let's have a look and see if we can piece together the Blues starting lineup for their match against Nordsjaelland. Petr Cech will start in goals as per usual for the Blues, and it's hard to see too many chances from the starting side that took on West Ham on the weekend other than the return of David Luiz into the central defenders role with Terry still absent. His return to the side will likely push Branislav Ivanovic out on to the right flank, where he has played all five previous Champions League fixtures. John Obi Mikel and Ramires will also both likely be used in central defensive midfield here, as they have been pretty much all season for the West London club. The absence of Lampard and the fact they will be looking to attack right from the whistle all but confirms their inclusion. The attacking midfield and wingers look like the players everyone would expect to see, with Victor Moses playing mos ...
Petr Cech claims Roberto Di Matteo will 'always be a huge part of the history' of Chelsea despite being relieved of his managerial duties just three months into the 2012/13 campaign. Having guided the Blues to FA Cup and Uefa Champions League glory last season while filling the coaching void on an interim basis, Di Matteo was offered a permanent deal over the summer. A bright start to the club's Premier League title bid bode well, but the wheels soon started to come off at home and abroad and Chelsea are now six points adrift of the league leaders and struggling to mount a successful defence of their European crown. Di Matteo has paid the price for an alarming wobble, with Rafael Benitez asked to steady the ship, but Cech claims the former Italy international will always be held in high regard at Stamford Bridge for all he achieved during two spells as a player and boss. "He will always be a huge part of the history of this club with all he has achieved as a player and manager," Cech told the Mail on Sund ...
Display problems? View this newsletter in your browser. Champions League: Chelsea walks tight rope Chelsea are now faced an ignominious exit from this season's Champions League after a comprehensive defeat at the Stadio Juventus in Turin on Tuesday night. Juventus deserved their victory. Fabio Quagliarella deflected Andrea Pirlo's shot beyond Petr Cech before half-time before Arturo Vidal struck on the hour. Chels...
Chelsea are on the brink of an early Uefa Champions League exit after losing 3-0 at Juventus on Tuesday evening. Fabio Quagliarella diverted Andrea Pirlo's weak shot past the wrong-footed Petr Cech to give the home side the lead just before the interval. Arturo Vidal added to the lead just after the hour mark when his side-footed effort from Kwadwo Asamoah's cut-back was deflected past Cech off the heel of Ramires. And substitute Sebastian Giovinco put the gloss on the display as he slotted the ball past the advancing Chelsea goalkeeper in injury time. Chelsea must now beat Nordsjaelland in their final Group E game - and hope Shakhtar Donetsk beat Juve in Ukraine - to have any chance of retaining their European crown. And Roberto Di Matteo may regret fielding a new-look line-up with Fernando Torres axed in favour of Eden Hazard up front and Cesar Azpilicueta playing on the right of midfield. Juventus had dominated the game before the break with wing-backs Stephan Lichtsteiner and Asamoah pushing forward a ...
Chelsea travel to Turin on Monday for a crucial Champions League tie with their season in the balance after a 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday prompted a furious dressing-room inquest. Roberto Di Matteo will lead his squad to Italy for Tuesday night’s game against Juventus considering wholesale changes, including potentially dropping striker Fernando Torres and adopting a more defensive approach, as Chelsea seek the draw that will keep their defence of the Champions League alive. Defeat at the Hawthorns extended Chelsea’s winless league streak to four matches, with just two points from 12 since the fateful home defeat to Manchester United that ended in accusations of racial abuse against referee Mark Clattenburg. It is a run of results that will trouble the club’s hierarchy and pressure on the manager will intensify if they do not return from Turin with at least a point. Five days later they host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge and another defeat would increase tensions. Wit ...
WAR CRY ... Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo Rob tells Blues to carry on fighting From MARK IRWIN in Turin Published: 1 hr ago 4 Roberto Di Matteo has told his warring Chelsea stars to carry on arguing after Saturday’s dressing-room row at The Hawthorns. The Blues will virtually be out of the Champions League if they lose at Juventus tonight and under- fire boss Di Matteo said: “Saturday wasn’t the first time there have been raised voices in the dressing room and I have always encouraged the players to express themselves. “We demand a lot of ourselves and we were very disappointed and frustrated with the defeat at West Brom. “So it was good to see the way the players reacted. We don’t want people to accept poor performances. “It’s important we communicate with each other and now it’s important we show the commitment that is necessary for the game we have to play against Juventus.” Centre-half Gary Cahill was equally candid about the heated inquest at West Brom. He said: “In the short s ...
West Brom maintained their impressive start to the season as they beat Chelsea 2-1 at The Hawthorns. Peter Odemwingie nodded in the winning goal early in the second half after Shane Long and Eden Hazard had also scored with close-range headers before the break. Roberto Di Matteo, on his return to West Brom, saw his side push hard for a second equaliser but they were unable to find a way past Boaz Myhill who was deputising for the injured Ben Foster in the Baggies goal. Chelsea were much changed as they had one eye on Tuesday's crunch clash with Juventus in the Uefa Champions League and left the likes of Ashley Cole, Ramires, Oscar and Juan Mata on the bench. And it showed in their sluggish start when Shane Long escaped the clutches of David Luiz to head past Petr Cech at the far post from a probing James Morrison cross. Chelsea enjoyed plenty of possession in the early stages but Long was a constant threat on the break and got the better of Gary Cahill on two occasions without finding the net. At the othe ...
By sameer chandra:- Premier League leaders Chelsea have got plans to replace phenomenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, it seems. Cech, who played a great role in their Champions League victory against Bayern Munich last season, could replaced by promising young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois - some say as early...
Chelsea v Manchester United (1600) Love or loathe him, when Sir Alex Ferguson speaks, you listen. "I can't understand our defending," he said after his side beat Braga 3-2 on Tuesday. "I can't get to the bottom of it. We certainly make it difficult for ourselves. If you analyse the goals we are conceding they are all different types." So, the greatest manager of the modern era has a problem he can't fix. Cue the sound of alarm bells ahead of Sunday's trip to Chelsea. Of course, not everything is rosy at Stamford Bridge either, with their own midweek performance arguably a season's worst effort, albeit against a highly skilled and long-unbeaten Shakhtar side. As such, this is fascinatingly poised and Petr Cech, a man whose job it is to prevent goals, reckons Sunday will provide plenty. Who'd bet against that? As we wrote in our Champions League preview, when this modern Chelsea take on a good side, both teams tend to find the net and at 4/6 many will bank on that trend continuing. As for United, it's well- ...
LONDON: Shakhtar Donetsk led the way for the Champions League underdogs as they beat holders Chelsea 2-1 while former European champions Barcelona and Manchester United came from behind to maintain perfect starts on Tuesday. Danish debutants FC Nordsjaelland were within nine minutes of a memorable win over Juventus before having to settle for a 1-1 draw while last season’s beaten finalists Bayern Munich bounced back from a shock defeat by BATE Borisov on Matchday Two to beat Lille 1-0 in France. A year to the day since Chelsea Captain John Terry racially insulted Anton Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers, for which he is now serving a four-match domestic ban, he is eligible to play in Europe but could not stop Shakhtar scoring after three minutes. He failed to clear a pass to Alex Teizera who took advantage of poor defending to angle a shot past Chelsea’s Petr Cech who then made a succession of good saves to keep the score down. Fernandinho doubled the home side’s lead after halftime before Oscar becam ...
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Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu has talked up his side's 2-1 Champions League win against Chelsea on Tuesday evening, and believes the scoreline could have been heathier if it wasn't for Petr Cech. photo Goals from Alex Teixeira and Fernandinho capped a strong display from the home side, and a consolation goal from Oscar two minutes from time made the score look far kinder for the English side than it should have been. "The match panned out exactly as we would have hoped," enthused the Romanian coach, speaking to reporters. "Perhaps, it was one of our best games in recent times. It proves we're on the right track, we are still growing, our young players are maturing and gaining the necessary confidence. "And I have to say that this Chelsea side are stronger than the one that won the Champions League last season. That makes our victory even more important. I believe we could've won by even more, but Petr Cech was really good in goal." Positives were aplenty for the Ukrainian side, whose coach believe ...
Interview with Didier Drogba and Petr Cech after Champions League Final.: via
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live about Joe Hart's performance in Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund: "In this country now, he's overtaken, I think, Pepe Raina, and Petr Cech, who I think won the Champions League for Chelsea last year."
Roberto Di Matteo says Petr Cech's save was "crucial" in Chelsea's Champions League win over FC Nordsjaelland. ...
Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo admitted his side had been slightly fortunate to come away with a 4-0 win over Danish minnows FC Nordsjaelland in their second Champions League outing. The result left the defending champions level on points with forthcoming opponents Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of Group E, but the visitors had to weather several uncomfortable moments at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium. Had Petr Cech not clawed Joshua John's shot onto the post in the 73rd minute, Chelsea would have seen the advantage procured by Juan Mata's 33rd-minute opener cancelled out by their enterprising opponents. However, Cech produced what Di Matteo described as "a crucial save", and further goals from David Luiz, Mata and Ramires added a slightly misleading gloss to what had been a far from fluent performance. "We expected a difficult game and that's exactly how it turned out to be," said the Italian, who led Chelsea to a penalty shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich in last season's final. "We were a bit slow out of ...
Brazil starlet Oscar made his first Premier League start for the Blues after his stunning goal-scoring debut in the Champions League in midweek, while Petr Cech took the captain's armband as John Terry and Frank Lampard were consigned to the substitutes bench.
No one deserved to win that Champions League more than Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech... No. One.
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata has described Petr Cech as an "angel" after his penalty-saving heroics in the Blues' Champions League final win
Petr Cech was "like an angel" in the Champions League final, says Juan Mata. Holy goalkeeper, Batman!
The Czech Republic goalkeeper shrugged off criticism in recent years to produce moments of brilliance for Chelsea in 2011-12. Petr Cech was one of Roberto Di Matteo's most important players during their triumphant Champions League campaign, as he pulled off a handful of superb stops against Barcelona in both legs of Chelsea's semi-final against the reigning champions, before then putting in a match-winning performance in the final against Bayern Munich. The 30-year-old not only saved a penalty from Arjen Robben in extra-time in Munich, he then went on to save two further spot-kicks in the penalty shoot-out to hand his side victory. His fine performances at club level led to him winning the Czech Golden Ball for an astonishing seventh time in eight years. Moment of the Season - The save he made with his legs from Arjen Robben's penalty kick in extra-time in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich kept his side in the match, and diminished the Dutchman's influence for the remainder of the game. 201 ...
Old on a minute CECH MATE ... Petr aims to befriend new Blues aces By MARK IRWIN Published: 23rd July 2012 CHELSEA keeper Petr Cech has challenged his new team-mates to show they have the character to replace the old guard. 8 comments Related Stories PSG 1 Chelsea 1 Roberto Di Matteo cannot wait to be reunited with striker Fernando Torres Bridge battle set for vital meeting The Champions League winner believes this is the start of a new era for Blues as boss Roberto Di Matteo sets about rejuvenating his squad. And Cech says that it is imperative new arrivals Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and soon-to-be-signed Oscar quickly buy into the club’s winning mentality. He said: “It was a huge moment in our history to win the Champions League and now it feels like a new era at Chelsea because we have a new manager and quite a lot of new players. “Some big characters have left us and we will only see the personalities of the new players emerging when the season starts properly. “At the moment it’s pre-season a ...
Petr Cech believes our new signings can play an important part in a new beginning at Chelsea. We enter a forthcoming campaign as European champions for the first time in our history, but with a number of fresh young faces in the squad. Goalkeeper Cech, who is approaching his ninth season as a Chelsea player, believes Kevin De Bruyne, Marko Marin and Eden Hazard are settling well. 'I think they are getting used to the squad, the language and the atmosphere at the club,' said the 30-year-old.'It's a new era, a new way of working and thinking. So far so good, and we hope they are going to continue in the same direction and show they are great additions to the squad. 'It's great to see them enjoying themselves and I think they already feel settled. We need to try to welcome the new players, and they feel settled already so this is great.' Cech is eagerly anticipating the challenges ahead, some of which we will be facing for the first time. 'After the success last season winning the Champions League, some play ...
who’s the best in the world right now? Many would say Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas, a Euro 2008 and 2012 World Cup winner with Spain and consistently brilliant performer between the sticks. Others would argue for Italian veteran Gianluigi Buffon, or Chelsea’s Champions League winner Petr Cech.
Liverpool may not have made it to that 2007 Champions League final without Dirk Kuyt. Liverpool and Chelsea went to extra time in the semi-final second leg at Anfield. First, Kuyt had a goal disallowed for offside, but he made up for it later. Kuyt stepped up and slotted the deciding penalty just past Petr Cech and sent the Reds to their second European Cup final in three years.
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An incredible night at the Allianz Arena saw Chelsea lift the Champions League trophy for the first-ever time after beating Bayern Munich on penalties. The odds were against the Blues playing at the Bavarian side's home with John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles all suspended, but Roberto Di Matteo kept the opposition on their toes by springing a surprise selection, Ryan Bertrand starting his first European game on the left wing. Bayern confirmed their home advantage by making the early running but couldn't make their chances count until late on, when Thomas Muller opened the scoring despite a heroic defensive effort. But that man Didier Drogba popped up with two minutes of the 90 remaining to send the match to extra time at 1-1. There was another scare when Bayern were awarded a penalty after Franck Ribery went down in the area, but Petr Cech continued his own heroics by saving low to his left. With time over, it all came down to a penalty shootout. Juan Mata saw his effort saved but ...
...who owes his Champions League medal to Petr Cech's peanlty save on Arjen Robben ;)
Didier Drogba and Petr Cech were the heroes for Chelsea as they won the Champions League
we won d champions league den Who dented the Cup-- and how? Bran swiped it with a bear paw in frustration at not being able to maul Ribery John Terry kneed it after seeing the squat thing out of the corner of his eye & thinking it was Alexis Sanchez RDM walked back in after the presser and Drogs tried to head it to him David Luiz was wowing some lovely ladies with Capoeira moves & accidentally booted it Lamps wore it as a diving helmet into the pool but dived into the shallow end by accident (He's fine though) Petr Cech stared at the trophy too hard and it buckled like Robben & Schweinsteiger Juan Mata is also an international assassin and shot it accidentally as he was trying to shoot "Johnny Kills" into the dressing room wall Torres invited his friend Sergio Ramos over, who somehow dropped it under a bus Ramires looked so adorable the cup just crumpled out of sheer delight
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has claimed to have had a hand in Arjen Robben's missed penalty kick in their Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich.The Nigerian has revealed that he told the former Blues winger that Petr Cech knew which way he would go, with the Czech goalkeeper indeed guessing correctly and keeping the effort out.
John Obi Mikel PLAYS MIND GAMES WITH Arjen Robben Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has revealed he had a hand in former Blues winger Arjen Robben missing his penalty during the Uefa Champions League final. It seems Mikel’s mind games got to Robben as he fluffed his penalty, denying Bayern Munich to take the lead against Chelsea once again. The game would most likely have ended differently had Robben scored on the penalty that was awarded to the German side during extra-time. Since Robben missed the penalty extra-time ended with the side’s drawn at 1-1, giving Chelsea the chance to win on penalties, 4-3. Mikel admitted Robben’s miss had given the Blues new belief that they could go on to win the European trophy. Mikel said in an interview: “I told him, 'Petr Cech knows where you are going to kick it'. I just told Robben that he is going to miss it. You know, we just do that sometimes as players.” He added: “I think when the penalty was missed; we kind of believed that this trophy was going to ...
The European Cup is heading to Stamford Bridge for the first time in Chelsea’s 107-year history after the Blues beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties to win the 2012 Champions League final. After 120 energy-sapping minutes ended with the scores level at 1-1, it came down to which side could hold their nerve from 12 yards. Juan Mata was first to see his tame kick saved by Manuel Neuer, but Petr Cech responded by denying Ivica Olic. Bastian Schweinsteiger then saw his effort touched onto a post by Cech, allowing Didier Drogba to net the most important penalty in Chelsea’s history. The Blues erased the agony of John Terry’s heartbreaking penalty miss four years ago in Moscow, and simultaneously snatched England’s final qualifying spot for next year’s competition from Tottenham, as Roberto Di Matteo completed a remarkable turnaround in the club’s fortunes since his arrival at the start of March. Didier Drogba’s 88th-minute equaliser saw Chelsea deny Bayern in front of their own supporters, after T ...
BERTRAND: FROM BERMONDSEY TO BAVARIA Posted on: Mon 21 May 2012 One game and one winner's medal into his Champions League career, Ryan Bertrand has thanked Roberto Di Matteo for showing the trust in him to start in Munich. The 22-year-old made his debut in Europe's top competition on Saturday night, in only his 13th Chelsea start, but contributed hugely in an unfamiliar left-wing role to help null the threat of both Arjen Robben and Bayern captain Philipp Lahm, before heroics from Petr Cech and Didier Drogba helped us lift our first ever European Cup. Only given the nod by the interim coach on Saturday afternoon, Bertrand was inspired by messages from his family as he reflected on a childhood growing up playing on Bermondsey estates, more than 150 games on loan away from Stamford Bridge, and his manager's faith. 'I did my best to put everything to the back of my mind and take it as another game, but I had all these images flashing through my head of where I have come from and thinking about doing myself j ...
Chelsea paraded the Champions League trophy on the open top bus they used to park in front of Petr Cech goal for the matches against FC Barcelona & Bayern Munchen the exact same tactics used by teams like Ruben Kazan,WOW! Great wins! Congrats to the Champs!
CHAMPIONS CHAT Posted on: Sun 20 May 2012 What a night. As the celebrations continued way into the evening, the newly-crowned European champions gave their verdict on what it all meant to them. Here are a selection of quotes from some of the Chelsea heroes, with more to follow as the dust settles on our first ever Champions League success. Petr Cech 'Finally. It's been eight years. We lost four years ago and we hoped for another chance. The chance came and in a moment when nobody expected it. We grabbed the chance. 'There were six penalties and I went the right way all the time, and saved three, so I was well prepared. 'This is amazing, it's incredible we finally got it. 'I said prior to the game that if we win the Cup I don't want a cake, and this is the best present I can get. It's a dream come true.' Gary Cahill 'When I picked up the injury against Barcelona I feared I wouldn't make the game but I am thankful to the staff that got David and me back. 'It's absolutely amazing. The team has stuck together ...
bAYern-chelseA ooops sory! european champion sory chelseA fans. .I mistaked That. THEY ARE NOW THE BEST IN EUROPE BECAUSE THEY BEAT ALL THE BEST- the Report chelsea beat bayern on @ their homeground 4-3 on penalties after playing 1 all draw. Bayern had much the better of the game, missed numerous chances in the first-half and were made to wait until the 83rd minute for the opener when Thomas Muller appeared at the back post to head past Petr Cech. Despite a lack of ambition until then, Chelsea were not done and equalised in a thrilling finale when Didier Drogba headed home from the Blues' first corner of the game with two minutes left to go. Drogba almost turned from hero to villain as he tripped Franck Ribery in the box in the first period of extra-time but Cech saved Arjen Robben's penalty low down to his left. The rest of the game yielded no goals and it was left to penalties to decide the winner. It looked like Chelsea would lose the shootout as Juan Mata missed, but Ivica Olic - with his last kick ...
HOW DID CHELSEA WIN THE CHAMPION'S LEAGUE . So how did they do it? Often the underdogs throughout the campaign, Chelsea travelled to the Allianz Arena with nothing more than a chance. That’s what the bookmakers and experts would have you believe. But this is football, and we should know better. The Blues proved against Barcelona that over 90 minutes – or even 180 – the best team doesn’t always win. And, once again, Roberto Di Matteo’s side did the job they needed to do. True, a little bit of luck went their way they needed it, notably in the first half when Petr Cech’s low save from an Arjen Robben strike bounced down and hit the frame of the goal, and when Franck Ribery's tap-in was correctly flagged for offside. They say you make your own luck though, and it was no coincidence that the goalkeeper of the winning team on penalties went the right way for every single spot kick. Petr Cech guessed right in extra time, and got that little bit of fortune when Robben’s penalty squirmed under his b ...
Didier Drogba and Petr Cech combined on a dramatic night to give Roman Abramovich the Champions League trophy he has craved for almost a decade.
Barca could not break them; neither could suspensions, including John Terry’s; nor playing Bayern on their home patch; nor going behind with seven minutes left. Having somehow dug out an equaliser to force extra-time through - who else? - Didier Drogba, Chelsea would not be shaken by a further trauma: when Drogba tripped Franck Ribery to concede a penalty, Petr Cech plunged magnificently to stop Arjen Robben’s spot kick. The 30 minutes of extra-time were like the 90 minutes preceding them: Bayern in possession, on the attack, but Chelsea - with Gary Cahill making an extraordinary diving block to thwart Mario Gomez - somehow still on terms. Then came that old enemy, the penalty shootout. Chelsea don’t win those; the Germans never lose them. Except there has been something other-worldly about this campaign in general and Chelsea in the Champions League particularly. Logic was not among the participants of season 2011-12.
Uefa Champions League Final 2012: Why Petr Cech Is Biggest X-Factor. The two teams battling for the Champions League trophy aren’t as far apart as most people think. Sure, Chelsea enters the match as the underdog against mighty Bayern Munich, but the Blues have an ace up their sleeve. They have Petr Cech. The goalie has been a staple of the organization since 2004, and at the age of 29 will remain on board for a very long time. What you have to love about Cech is his height. At 6’5’’, he can reach every shot that comes in his direction and routinely pulls off jaw-dropping saves. He has outstanding agility, is a world-class athlete and enters the championship oozing with confidence. He will need it against a team that even Cech believes should be favored (via ESPN): It's a final and you would think that the chances are 50-50, but to play at your own stadium and have your own dressing room is a huge advantage. The home-field advantage certainly helps, but he’s obviously trying to avoid giving his ...
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Didier Drogba went through the full range of emotions on a night when he delivered the first Champions League title to Chelsea, in perhaps his last match for the London club. Drogba's dramatic, perfect header in the 88th minute against Bayern Munich leveled the final at 1-1 and sent it into extra time. It was his 34th Champions League goal and perhaps the most memorable. He then gave away a needless extra-time penalty that was saved by Petr Cech from Arjen Robben, before driving home the final spot-kick in the shootout that clinched the title. Drogba ran to the side and threw himself onto the ground, to be buried for minutes under a frenzied pile of his blue-shirted teammates. He then took off his shirt and ran to the opposite sideof Bayern's Allianz Arena, prancing in front of the jubilant supporters. And then, he held Cech in a long embrace, thanking the Chelsea goalkeeper for saving his -- and Chelsea's -- night with his save of Robben's penalty.
Not a waste as I slept at 6.15 a.m this morning... I had fulfiled my gurls need... Was to solat after the game... It was started until 83 minutes of the game Thomas Muller... The bayern winger headed the ball inside the goal... I knew chelsea would scored... And it is reality when... Drogba did a glancing header from a corner by Mata... The game was prolonged by extra time... First tackle of the extra time... Gave bayern a PENALTY! The penalty was saved by my saviour... Petr Cech... Time for the last round of the game... Penalty shoot-out... Chelsea- 4-3-Bayern... Huh! What a game! Waited from 2.45 a.m until 6.10 a.m and solat for awhile... Once in a blue moon! First time Uefa Champions League... Won by Chelsea FC!! Love chelsea... Love abg cik... Love u,honey
Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (L) and Chelsea's Ivorian forward Didier Drogba celebrate after the Uefa Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. Chelsea won 4-3 in the penalty phase.
Champions League facts and figures: (thanks to our friends at ESPN) Chelsea stunned host Bayern Munich in Sunday's Champions League final, tying the game in the closing minutes before coming from behind to win the shootout. After its worst league finish in the Roman Abramovich era, Chelsea finally won Champions League. Here are five other notes on the drama in Munich. • Chelsea wins its first European Cup despite Bayern's 35-9 edge in shots and 11-3 advantage in chances created. Perhaps most impressively, Bayern held a 20-1 lead in corner kicks, but Didier Drogba headed in the Blues' only corner to tie the game in the 88th minute. • Arjen Robben missed a penalty in extra time, as Petr Cech saved the attempt that Robben fired low and right. Robben had converted six of seven penalties this league and European season, and his only previous miss was also low and right. • Bayern Munich lost on penalty kicks in UEFA competition for the first time, after winning its first four shootouts. Chelsea had lost i ...
Chelsea's date with destiny: the occasion when their Roman empire can finally achieve its aim. Comrade Abramovich fell in love with football when famously watching a Champions League match and everything since arriving at Stamford Bridge has been aimed at the lifting of that famously oversized trophy, the European Cup. He has been within an inch of the post, a slip of Luzhniki sod, and for a time that had looked like his last chance. An ever-revolving cast-list of coaches has been and gone since John Terry's moment of truth in Moscow. Since then, the players who took them to the brink of a dream becoming reality have aged and agued. This was supposed to be a season of rebuilding. A young coach with new ideas was hired to sweep out the old guard. Yet they remain, and Andre Villas-Boas is jobless, only recently reappearing as a possible suitor for the vacant Liverpool position. Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole and Petr Cech take their place, but the suspended Terry will not, as penance for his stup ...
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18 May 2012 Petr Cech and Chelsea enter the final as the underdog Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech says Bayern Munich will crack under the pressure of trying to create Champions League history Saturday. Whether he really believes it or is playing mind games is uncertain. The German side is seeking to become the First Team ever to win the tournament in its own stadium; the Allianz Arena was chosen as the host venue before the season began. Bayern's run to the final was
Petr Cech spoke to the assembled media ahead of Saturday's Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
Cech - Bayern are favourites Blues keeper hoping final opponents buckle under the pressure Petr Cech considers Chelsea to be underdogs in the Uefa Champions League final, but believes pressure will weigh heavy on Bayern Munich
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Petr Čech (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛtr̩ ˈtʃɛx] ( listen)) (born 20 May 1982) is a Czech footballer who plays for Chelsea and the Czech Republic as a goalkeeper. Čech previously played for Chmel Blšany, Sparta Prague, and Rennes. He was voted into the all-star team of Euro 2004 after helping his country reach the semi-finals. Čech also received the individual award of Best Goalkeeper in the 2004/2005, 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 seasons of the Uefa Champions League. In addition, he was named in the FIFPro and Uefa Champions League teams of the season in 2006. He currently holds the Premier League record for fewest appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets, having done so in 180 league appearances. He also holds a Czech professional league record of not conceding a goal in 903 competitive minutes. He also has a club record at his former team Sparta Prague, having gone 928 minutes unbeaten in all competitions in 2001–2002, when his unbeaten run in Czech league competition was combined with his p ...
Roberto Di Matteo claimed his Chelsea old guard delivered the perfect response to their critics with the 2-1 FA Cup Final triumph over Liverpool - but flat-batted speculation over his own future on yet another day of triumph for the Blues at Wembley. Roberto Di Matteo: 'It's quite special' Goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba proved enough to repel Liverpool's late rally, with Petr Cech making an incredible save to deny substitute Andy Carroll, who had already pulled the Merseyside outfit back into the game. Inspired defensive performances from John Terry and Ashley Cole also helped Chelsea on their way to a fourth FA Cup success in six years, in a season that could yet end in Champions League glory as well. It represents an incredible turnaround from their mid-season slumbers, which resulted in the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas. But interim manger Di Matteo never did feel his club's stalwarts were past it. ''We've had a difficult season and a lot of criticism,'' he said. ''But the players responded today ...
***Yet another dramatic FA Cup Finale at the Wembley Stadium,Chelsea and Liverpool played the game beutifully bt unfortunately there can be only 1 WINNER,carroll was really pushing it bt it seems that Petr Cech was the MAN to be,what a Critical last moment save,but Di Matteo n all the Chelsea lads that was an excellent Victory,am sure all the fans loved it,just make sure the cup is lifted once again at the Allianz Arena and the fans would love to see the Champions League trophy at the Stamford Bridge,all the best for tuesday`s game with Liverpool once again,BLUE IS THE COLOUR,HAIL CHELSEA***
Ramires opened the scoring in the 11th minute with an incisive run down the right before beating Pepe Reina at his near post with a fierce strike, and Didier Drogba then secured his place in history as he became the first player to score in four separate FA Cup Finals with a clinical finish to double Chelsea’s lead just after half-time. Reds substitute Andy Carroll pulled a goal back with an emphatic shot in the 64th minute following a mistake from Jose Bosingwa, and was denied a second late on as Petr Cech palmed a stunning save off the line with replays showing it was agonisingly close to being the equaliser. Chelsea held firm in the closing stages to seal a tight victory in a dramatic finale, and the Blues were left to celebrate a fourth FA Cup Final triumph in the last six seasons with a Champions League final still to come in Munich. It was a stunning day for Di Matteo, who became the third Italian manager in three years to win the Cup, after Chelsea's Carlo Ancelotti in 2010 and Manchester City's ...
Papiss Cisse says his goal came at the perfect moment. A stunning double from Papiss Cisse kept Newcastle in the hunt for a Champions League berth with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge. The Magpies striker found the net in each half to keep the visitors level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham and all but end Chelsea's hopes of qualifying for Europe's elite via the Premier League. The Blues were quickest out of the blocks and Meireles missed a couple of early chances which the hosts paid dearly for on 19 minutes. David Santon went on a surging run before playing in Cisse, and the Senegalese teed himself up with his first touch to fire a stunning volley past Petr Cech. It took until the 36th minute before the Blues mustered a response with Florent Malouda heading wide from a pinpoint Fernando Torres cross. Branislav Ivanovic then headed over from a Meireles corner before the visitors went agonisingly close to a second when Demba Ba rattled the bar a minute before the break. John Obi Mikel was lucky to esca ...
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Guardiola's CV has to be the best in the world...PEP'S TROPHIES La Liga 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11 Champions League 2009, 2011 Copa Del Rey 2009 (2012 still to play) Spanish Super Cup 2009, 2010, 2011 UEFA Super Cup 2009, 2011 FIFA Club World Cup 2009, 2011. His overall record at Barcelona has just 21 defeats in 242 games, with a staggering 618 goals scored. I will love 2watch Chelsea playing the way Barcelona do. Besides,GUARDIOLA is calm,charismatic nd av d spirit of sportmanship,he doesnt criticise, GUARDIOLA will succeed in Chelsea if he off loads all the Mourinho synchronized players nd loyalists except Petr Cech!!! AVB would av succeed had he taken dat step.
John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech and Ashley Cole. No one deserves a Champions League medal more than them.
48 - Before today, Petr Cech (48) had made 39 more saves than Victor Valdes (nine) in this season's Champions League. Wall.
Barcelona vs Chelsea: Victor Valdes has only had to make 9 saves in the Champions League this season, while Petr Cech has had to make 48
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Champions League 2012: Chelsea 2 vs Barcalona 2.Chelsea qualify to final on aggr. 3-2.. Barcalona out of Champions league 2012 Flops of the match: Leonel Messi & John Terry Star of the match:Petr Cech & ( oh my God!! Fernando Torres.i can't believe my eyes.) :P True Grit, determination and a tiny slice of luck which they really deserved...Congrats Chesea :)
Chelsea what a night of shock and manic excitement... The side that inflicted on Barcelona their first European defeat of the season at Stamford Bridge and last night ended their hopes of becoming the first side to retain the Champions League trophy. On top of that, Lionel Messi missed a penalty to make it 3-1, a scoreline you doubt whether Chelsea would have recovered from. Chelsea recovered and made catalan cathedral stunned and funeral silenced. Indeed it was a glorious Indian summer for the stamford old guards; Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba... I salute!
Petr Cech is bracing himself for a Barcelona backlash after admitting that Chelsea rode their luck in last week's Champions League semi-final win. The Spanish giants enjoyed the lion's share of possession at Stamford Bridge, but their poor finishing was punished by Didier Drogba's first-half goal. Goalkeeper Cech accepts that his side enjoyed some good fortune and he believes Barca will be an
Cahill, Di Mateo, Wenger, what they said after a goalless draw.! Chelsea defender Gary Cahill believes a goalless draw was a fair result as Arsenal and the Blues both wasted the chance to boost their Champions League claims at the Emirates Stadium. The third-placed Gunners hit the woodwork twice through Robin Van Persie and Laurent Koscielny, but could not get the better of Petr Cech as the hosts edged six points clear of Tottenham having played two games more. Chelsea remain sixth in the table with just four games remaining, but Cahill had few complaints about his team's performance. "It was a good result and a good point for us,'' he told Sky Sports 2. "Any time you come here, it's a good result. It was an early kick-off today and we only had a couple of days to rest up after the Barca game, but we did okay today, had one or two chances and they did as well so it was a fair result. "Both defences were tight and it was cagey. We had one or two chances and perhaps the final ball on both teams lacked a bit ...
Playing Barcelona at Camp Nou does not scare us, says Petr Cech Petr Cech has said the Camp Nou does not intimidate Chelsea after helping them beat Barcelona to take a crucial lead into Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg.
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