Christophe Lollichon - Goalkeeper Coach

Christophe joined Chelsea in November 2007 from Rennes, where he had previously worked with Petr Cech.

He had been at the French club since 1999, in which time he has taken care of a host of top class goalkeepers. As well as Cech, he mentored French international Michaël Landreau, Andreas Isaksson, Christophe Revault and Patrice Luzi, formerly of Liverpool.

His time there has coincided with the club's best ever period, regularly battling for European football at the top end of the French league. When he joined the club, he began working in the Academy, but quickly rose up the ladder to work with the first team, where he met a young Cech during the 2003/4 season.

Christophe did not play at the top level, although as a youth, he would train once a week with Nantes, where he occasionally got to share a training pitch with future Chelsea players Marcel Desailly and Didier Deschamps. 

Realising that his path in football lay with coaching, at the age of 24, he gave up the amateur game and became a coach with Ancenis near Nantes.

His role there was to build an academy, and he eventually achieved success that led to Rennes offering him a post.

Goalkeeping has long been his love, choosing the position as a child because of the individuality of the strip, and the ability to use hands as well as feet.

Since arriving at Stamford Bridge he has worked closely with Cech to maintain the player's excellence over a number of years, while also coaching the other first team squad keepers. 

Taking great pride in his work, Christophe is often seen with the goalkeepers on the training pitch some 45 minutes before the outfield players emerge, and it was this dedication that helped Cech become the hero in Munich as we lifted our first Champions League trophy.

Lollichon will also have taken satisfaction in Cech ending the 2013/14 season with a new Chelsea record for clean sheets (beating Peter Bonetti's 208) and the Premier League Golden Gloves prize, awarded to the goalkeeper who keeps the most clean sheets over the course of the campaign. He shared the award with Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny.