Cech out Deco

Petr Cech played alongside some of the world's best players during his time at Chelsea and the Czech shot-stopper has picked out the former Blues team-mate he most enjoyed watching.

The 35-year-old could be in action against his old side when we face Arsenal in the first leg of our Carabao Cup semi-final tonight, although he has yet to play in the competition for the Gunners this term.

He spent over a decade at Stamford Bridge, winning just about every honour going, and the list of incredible attacking players he lined up behind makes for impressive reading.

Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, Damien Duff, Arjen Robben, Joe Cole, Michael Ballack, Juan Mata – the list could just go on and on.  

However, in a recent interview with the Arsenal matchday programme, our former goalkeeper picked out one player above the rest when asked who he most enjoyed watching.

'At Chelsea I played with so many fantastic players, so to choose one is very hard,' he said. 'But one player I did love to watch was Deco.

'It was absolutely amazing to watch him play and train with such ease and class. He could do anything you imagined with a football and it was fantastic.'

Deco spent only two years with the Blues after joining us from Barcelona and showed fleeting glimpses of his quality on the pitch, most notably with a stunning debut goal against Portsmouth and an acrobatic volley against Bolton Wanderers.

However, he was an understated member of our Double-winning squad in 2009/10, with his ability to maintain possession a crucial factor in some of our biggest wins that season.