DIARRA'S PETR PRAISE

Posted on: Mon 29 Jan 2007

In his own words, Petr Cech had 'nothing to do' against Forest on Sunday and he has credited Lassana Diarra for playing a big part in his underemployment.

 

The 21-year-old Frenchman was given the chance to start in the anchor midfield role for the first time this season and impressed many with his influence and security, his goalkeeper included.

 

'For me, Diarra was the man of the match,' announced Cech after the 3-0 FA Cup win.

 

'I think he was outstanding in the position of Makelele. It is never easy when you play the same position like that because Makelele is one of the best players in his position in the world, but I think Lassana did really well.'

 

'We controlled every single minute of the game and I had nothing to do,' added Cech.

 

'I am pleased with that because it meant we were well organised and we kept talking.'

 

Three games into his return, Cech is expecting a tougher test for Chelsea on Wednesday night than in his previous two appearances.

 

The game is against Blackburn and although a league encounter rather than the knockout of the preceding games against Wycombe and Forest, the chase at the top again leaves no margin for error.

 

'Of course the last game in the Premiership we lost at Liverpool,' Cech says. 'We want to get back to winning three points and put pressure on Man United again.

 

'It has always been difficult to play against Blackburn since I have come to England but we have more or less always done well. We have a squad that can adapt to the aggressive style of football and I hope we can do it again.'

 

Indeed in August, Chelsea returned from Ewood Park with a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

 

'It was the game of my first comeback because it was my first game after my shoulder operation,' recalls our keeper.

 

'Now Blackburn is going to be my first game back at home in the Premiership so I hope we will play the same way and get three points. We have to keep winning.'

 

There is still a chance to be at the Bridge on Wednesday evening to cheer the Blues on to hopefully another three points. A win is vital in the race for top spot and so might the crowd support.

 

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