Just like every story has an ending, good or bad or every show sees the curtains close, unfortunately sometimes footballing legends have to move on too.
Petr Cech was bought from Rennes in 2004 for a measly seven million pounds to act as back up for Carlo Cudicini. Fortunately for Cech and unfortunately for himself, the Italian got injured during the pre-season tour, and the Czech international grasped that chance with both hands, establishing himself as the undisputed starter for seasons to come.
Oh, how time comes around and always completes the circle! Faced with the challenge of Thibaut Courtois, he has seen an increased spell on the bench with the young Belgian being groomed as his successor. The sportsman as always, Cech has not complained of this increased lack of playtime and hasn’t been reluctant in practice with proof being in his performances whenever he’s been called upon from the bench.
It can be argued that he is a better keeper than Courtois with Who scored strengths in reflexes, saving both short and long range shots, concentration, and no significant weaknesses. On the other hand, Courtois has only been awarded strengths in reflexes and concentration and weaknesses in long passing. Recent performances from the young Belgian have also been wanting with his apparent inability to keep clean sheets with only nine clean sheets in 26 appearances while Cech has a 100% five out of five EPL clean sheets.
With the increase in goalkeeper transfer fees in recent years, Chelsea are taking the safe approach by choosing to nurture Courtois. This is going to cost them their more efficient, more reliable keeper. One man’s gain doesn’t have to be a legend’s fall. So far, Cech has been linked to London rivals Arsenal, Real Madrid, both Milan clubs and Paris Saint Germain.
Top 5 Petr Cech Moments
- Saving two penalties after extra time which allowed Drogba to score the winning Champions League penalty in Munich 2012. He had earlier saved an Arjen Robben penalty in extra time
- 2005/06 Cech helped Chelsea retain the premier league title, was named IFFHS world’s best goalkeeper and was named Czech player of the year for the first time
- He suffered a head injury (depressed skull fracture) at the Madjeski Stadium, which kept him out for three months, after which he started wearing his famous headgear.
- Golden Glove award for season 2004/05 for keeping a record 21 clean sheets in a single EPL season.
- And yes, Messi is yet to score against the most successful goalkeeper in the history of the Premier League.
It is safe to say that both Chelsea and the Premier League may never see a goalkeeper better than Cech. The six time Czech footballer of the year still has a lot to give to football and deserves to play at a top European club for a few more years. Where will he decide to go, remains to be seen but one thing is for sure, no true fan can forget what a loyal servant he has been to our beloved Chelsea Football Club.
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi