THE TWEET SPOT: PETR CECH
Discussing a range of topics, Cech shared his views on Japanese football, drumming, what goes through his mind during a game, and just who has the hardest shot he has ever faced.
Sitting down for around half an hour, the goalkeeper gave an insight into his private life too, explaining that when he has the time he likes to play golf, though drumming is now his main hobby, and that he has a nine-year-old dog Max, to go with his daughter Adela and son Damien.
Explaining his thought processes during a game, the 30-year-old said: 'My only concern is to be in a good position, keep the defenders organised and making sure I'm in a position to cover any mistakes and react to through balls.'
But what about after a defeat?
'It takes some time, but it's important to know if you gave it everything you could. If you do that but lose the game, you can have no regrets,' he said. 'You have to do absolutely everything to win the game. The self-protection from becoming really upset is to make sure you have no regrets. If you haven't prepared well, it's more difficult to get over.'
Following his Champions League Final heroics, in which he saved Arjen Robben's penalty before starring in the shootout, Cech received a lot of questions about dealing with spot kicks, and which is his favourite previous save.
'It's difficult to say, but taking the circumstances into account probably the save from Robben in the Champions League Final. It wasn't the best save technically, but probably in terms of importance,' he revealed.
'There is no secret, but with experience and observing you can become better at guessing. You have to take into consideration as well that sometimes a player will be under immense pressure, and you can sometimes tell by body language, but there are no guarantees.
'The hardest shot I've ever experienced was Alex's when he was here. When he hit it with full power, it was better to save your hands,' he added.
The Club World Cup was Cech's second visit to Japan, following an international fixture with the Czech Republic, and he is impressed at the direction in which local football is heading.
'Japanese football is growing and you can see how many kids are interested. I was here with the national team and the atmosphere was great. Football has a big tradition here and is very popular,' he said.
'Shinji Kagawa going to Man United was a big step for Japanese football, especially as he's now in the Premier League. Nakata was the first one, and it's always good when one player moves as others tend to follow.'
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