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.
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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