Chelsea legend Petr Cech admitted it took some time to readjust to being back between the sticks after the 38-year-old made his return to football with the Blues’ development side.
The Czech Republic goalkeeper hung up his boots nearly two years ago following a four-year spell at Arsenal and he’s since returned to Stamford Bridge as a technical advisor.
However, Cech was a shock name on Chelsea’s 25-man Premier League squad earlier this season, with his inclusion causing confusion and excitement among supporters.
It turned out that Cech had resumed training with the first team and had enjoyed passing on his experience to the likes of Edouard Mendy and Kepa.
After building up his fitness, Cech was back in nets as Chelsea took on Tottenham at Kingsmeadow on Monday night.
The veteran made a shaky start as his sloppy pass out from the back resulted in a corner, which Spurs scored from.
Cech admits it took him some time to get back into the swing of things but insists he was happy simply to be playing again after the 2-2 draw.
‘565 days after what I thought was my last game in professional football I had the opportunity to be back on the pitch…’ said Cech.
‘It felt so strange for the first 20 minutes as my “match system” I used to have while plying regularly was missing but as the game went on the feeling returned ”match system” reappeared and it was great to have that special feeling again ….
‘Well done to my teammates for turning the game round ! It was great to get the win and 3 important points to go top of the league!’
It remains to be seen whether Cech could eventually force his way back into the first team set-up, though Frank Lampard did stress his inclusion in the Premier League squad was as ’emergency’ cover given the club’s other options.
Mendy has made a strong start to life at Stamford Bridge since a £22million arrival from Rennes, in a move that Cech was influential in identifying.
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