CECH: KEEPING IT CLEAN

Posted on: Sat 28 Dec 2013

Should Chelsea maintain the defensive fortitude seen in the last two games, Petr Cech will have a good chance of equalling a club record when we play Liverpool tomorrow.

Having recorded the 150th Premier League clean sheet of his career against Arsenal on Monday, our goalkeeper added another in the 1-0 Boxing Day win over Swansea and speaking after that game he looked at the next milestone ahead.

'It has been a long journey since I came to the Premier League and it has been not even 10 years to get that many Premier League clean sheets,' Cech said. 'It is a great milestone for a goalkeeper and I am one clean sheet away from Peter Bonetti's all-time record and it would obviously be fantastic to get that in the Liverpool game.'

Bonetti kept a club record 208 clean sheets in all competitions during a career that spanned 729 Chelsea games.

Cech, who has made 455 appearances, attaches great importance to the team being tight at the back at this time of year.

'Beating Swansea with the other results that day was an important three points and now we are in a good position to go face to face with Liverpool,' he said.

'You need everybody to do as much as possible to defend and not give away cheap goals because as the fatigue accumulates in this hectic period it becomes more difficult to find the energy to overturn games, so when you get the lead and keep a clean sheet it is more easy to win a game.

'Against Swansea we had chances when we could have killed the game off but we had to fight until the last second and we did well.

'Sometimes it is difficult when you have two games against main rivals and between you have a game everybody says that you should win. It is not easy to concentrate and in that respect we did very well.

'I had one save to make all game and we did well at Arsenal and back-to-back clean sheets is very positive for everyone, and if we can score more goals it will become easier for us.'