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Petr Cech set to Return With Chelsea U-23 Squad

Petr Cech, the legendary goalkeeper, would be included in the U-23 Chelsea team as per The Athletic.

He is included in the developmental squad for a match against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League 2.

The 38-year old veteran goalkeeper last played in a UEFA Europa League final in May 2019 for Arsenal against Ex-club Chelsea.

Petr Cech Career at a Glance:

Petr Cech, began his career at Viktoria Plzen aged seven. However, he made his professional debut aged 17 in October 1999 for Chmel Blsany in a 3-1 loss to Sparta.

Then, Rennes brought him in 2002 and received a man of the match award in a match against PSG. He then moved to Chelsea, where his legendary career was beginning to take shape.

He played for 333 matches for the Pensioners and helped the club win four Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups and one each UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

Cech then moved to arch-rivals Arsenal. He helped the Gooners win two FA Community shields and one FA cup title. He lead them to the final of Europa League in 2018-19 but lost heavily to Chelsea 4-1.

During his time away from the game, he played Ice hockey as a goaltender in October 2019 for six matches.

After that, the veteran returned to The Blues as a technical and performance advisor. Recently, he was included as the emergency backup goalkeeper.

Petr Cech – to the Rescue!

There are many reasons why the legendary goalkeeper will play for the Chelsea U-23 squad.

Lucas Bergstrom, the 18-year old Finnish goalkeeper had been a regular. However, he recently played for the U-18 team on Saturday. Hence, it would be a bit risky to include him against Tottenham Hotspur.

Another goalkeeper, 19-year old Croatian Karlo Ziger, is now under the first-team bubble and will have to undergo COVID19 testing and then playing for Frank Lampard‘s senior team.

Petr Cech might have the perfect opportunity to experience top-class football.

“I haven’t played a game since the Europa League final… so playing one is an advantage for me as I’ll be better prepared in case I have to play for the A-team.

– Petr Cech on his return to football.

He has been included as an emergency backup for Chelsea considering the injury woes and the COVID-19 situation. The veteran also trains every day with his fellow players of senior-team.

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