CECH: SIX CLEAN SHEETS AND GOING WELL

Posted on: Mon 19 Feb 2007

Chelsea's run of six straight wins has stood the team in good shape for two vital games ahead according goalkeeper Petr Cech.

 

It is hard not to draw comparisons with February 2005 when the Blues in the first season under José Mourinho flew off for an away game at Barcelona immediately after an FA Cup fifth round tie, returning for the Cardiff Cup Final the following weekend.

 

Already this year's vintage are one up on two years ago, having beaten Norwich in the FA Cup, as opposed to losing at Newcastle.

 

'We have been doing well recently and we need to confirm our form,' said Cech after the weekend win.

 

'During this week, Porto is very important. We play away and we need to start well in the Champions League first-leg.

 

'Then it is same as the first year when I arrive and we played in the Carling Cup Final. If you get your first trophy at the end of February, it gives you a lot of confidence and spirit to attack the last part of the Premiership.'

 

Now seven games into his return from serious injury, it's almost as if our back-to-back title winning keeper had never been away with the last six wins earned without a single goal conceded.

 

'It is going well,' he agrees on the subject of his comeback. 'It didn't start well against Liverpool but I am pleased with it of course.'

 

It took two saves from Cech in the second-half against Norwich to keep the clean sheet run going, including a special one to tip Lee Croft's volley onto the bar.

 

'I was happy to do this save because we were 2-0 up but there were still 10 or 15 minutes left,' he says. 'It was important to keep a clean sheet and it gave us calm for the last 10 minutes.'