|Desc||‘I feel I have achieved everything I set out to achieve,’ the goalkeeper said upon announcing his retirement for the end of the season. It’s hard to dispute. Indeed, how could you after a career that brought one Champions League, four Premier Leagues, one Europa League, five FA Cups and three League Cups? At the peak of his powers, he was simply one of the best goalkeepers to have graced the Premier League|
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2009 11 13 Retrieve
[Chelsea’s Petr Cech says Carlo Cudicini Is ‘Doing Well’] It is very sad but sometimes life brings unfortunate situations. I went and saw Carlo yesterday in the hospital. He has always been a great character and you can see he is coping well with it. He is doing well and he will undergo some operations today to help him to be as fit as possible. I think that everybody should keep fingers crossed for him to get well soon
2016 02 03 Retrieve
[Petr Cech says Fraser Forster robbed of victory after watching the Southampton goalkeeper deliver a man-of-the-match performance at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday] Fraser Forster robbed a point from us because it was only thanks to him they got a draw here. They did really well in the first half but in the second half we did much better and created a lot of chances - probably the most we have this season at home. We just couldn’t find the back of the net because he was outstanding and made important saves
[The Southampton stalemate left Arsenal on 45 points after 24 games, five adrift of league leaders Leicester City in fourth place, having failed to win any of their last four league outings, with no goals scored since the 3-3 draw with Liverpool on January 13] We had a position where we could only look at ourselves but now we are behind so we need some of the results to go our way. But there is a long way to go and there is always a twist in the tail so you keep working hard every day and try to keep getting results. If we believe then I think we can still do it - there are more than enough games to put ourselves back at the top of the league so we will work for that
2018 02 14 Tweet
[Petr Cech sends a message of encouragement to Ryan Mason] Yesterday was a sad day for one incredible young man @RyanMason. Although his story didn’t finish with ultimate happy ending, his determination, attitude and bravery he’s shown during his recovery is something to be admired and an inspiration for others! All the best Ryan
2018 09 29 Retrieve
[Petr Cech talks about life in the post-Arsene Wenger era and working under head coach Unai Emery] He is very demanding and this is how you improve. I think the place has become much more demanding in every way so this is great to see because this is what initially drives everybody forward and gives you the kind of kick that ‘I’m not doing enough to start the game’, or ‘I’m not doing enough to keep my spot in the game’, because the manager asked for precision and hard work every day. This is how it should be. We have very healthy competition and we are actually taking the benefit of it
2019 01 19 Retrieve
[Petr Cech announces his plans to retire at the end of the 2018/19 season] This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of the season. Having played in the Premier League and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve. I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season and then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch
2019 05 28 Retrieve
[Petr Cech feels Arsenal are too nice, with there ‘not enough pressure’ at the club following 22 years working under the guidance of ‘gentleman’ Arsene Wenger] It will sound strange but I think generally at Arsenal there is not enough pressure. Arsene is a real gentleman. As much as he hates losing, he stays a gentleman. If you lose, you win, you lose, you win, he kind of carries on. That’s something I’ve never experienced before. At Chelsea, at the times when we drew, it felt like a funeral in the dressing room. It was so bad. If we drew against a big team at home, it was like, ‘Oh no, it is impossible we didn’t win at home’. It came from everywhere: the players, the coach. Since the start when I was there, the pressure was there every game.
I feel that when Arsenal need to win, we win. You go to Athens in the last Champions League group game [of 2015] needing to win 2-0 and you win 3-0. No matter where, we win, because that fire was right behind us as we had to really win. The pressure was what was pushing us. I completely disagree with people who say, ‘When the pressure comes, [you don’t win]’. No. I think we lose points when there is not enough pressure. So, we went to Everton [on April 7]. You know you win, you go third… you lose, you stay fourth. We lost. That week with Wolves [losing at Molineux, either side of defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester], it was the same situation. There was always a cushion, there was always, ‘It is not such a disaster’. We should probably create more pressure on everybody because that would give people more to think about. We went to Napoli [in the quarter-finals] and everybody says, ‘Oh, you are rubbish away, they are brilliant at home’. We win 2-0, and then you go, ‘How do you explain that?’. If you are under pressure and you can’t perform, you lose that game. But we didn’t because the pressure was so high. You know you lose, you are out. You lose 3-1 at Rennes [in the last 16, first leg], you have to win at home: you win. The semi-final? We win. So, the examples are there
2019 05 30 Retrieve
[Retiring Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says he can leave the game with his head held high despite a 4-1 loss in his final career appearance] I’m proud of myself and I’m proud of the way I played today because when you play your last career game in the final there is a lot of pressure and speculation. I had to perform and I have to say I have done everything I can, and I can look back with no regrets apart from the fact we worked so hard all year to finish with nothing.
This group of players do not deserve it because of how much work has been done this season. It is easy to say we finish empty-handed but I can assure everyone that the work we have done will mean this team will come back much stronger next year
I keep saying I wanted to lift the trophy and then think about it. Until June 30 I am an Arsenal player
2019 06 03 Retrieve
[Petr Cech is heading into retirement at the end of a memorable career, but the former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper is bowing out with words of wisdom for those hoping to follow in his footsteps] I think everything goes down to work. You can have as much talent as you want, you can have so many opportunities from people around you, but if you don’t work hard and you are not prepared to take them, your career can take a completely wrong direction or never kick off. I will say everything goes down to work and love for the game.
You also need to keep challenging yourself and that you can learn at any age. People sometimes say, ‘He is too old to learn’. No, it is not true. If you keep challenging yourself and you keep trying to get better, this is how you actually improve yourself and get better. I can tell you that at 37 years of age, at the end of my career I’m still learning and still improving every day because I actually work every day to get better. I think this is the only way to have a successful career and actually make the most of it. As best as you can be, this is actually the best advantage and the best way to have a great career.
If you are down to earth, you work hard for yourself and the team, then you are the guy who gives people confidence and people generally like you. It brings probably brings the most out of you and out of your team-mates. In the moment you need their help, people will actually help you. I think sometimes we underestimate that. In the moments when your career is going great and everybody is telling you how great you are, you need to keep your feet on the ground, actually keep working the same way and keeping working the same basics because this is the only way to be successful. As I said, the aim is to have people around you who will believe in you and trust you
2019 06 21 Retrieve
[Petr Cech has returned to Chelsea in a technical and performance advisor role after bringing the curtain down on his distinguished playing career at Arsenal] I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to join Chelsea FC again and help create the best possible high level performance environment to continue the success the club has had over the past 15 years. I’m looking forward to the new challenge and hope I can use all of my football knowledge and experience to help the team achieve even more success in the future.
2019 07 01 Retrieve
[Chelsea’s newly appointed technical and performance advisor Petr Cech has confirmed that Frank Lampard is in the running to return to the club as head coach, but he is not the only candidate for the job] The club has identified several candidates, the situation is open. Frank is one of them. Before the first team begins preparations we want to solve the issue of the new manager. The most important thing is to choose a new manager, it will be crucial in the context of further work. The coach will have ideas for the team, we will be completing the team for next season. He will have to look at the players and decide who will go to Japan.
[The 37-year-old has already dived into the next chapter of his career with great enthusiasm and he is well aware of the responsibility he has been handed] It’s something new to me, but I don’t feel nervous. That’s the thing that surprised me. When I decide I want something to work in some way, I have to go to the club management first to allow it. I’m new to the role. But I have enough possibilities to influence the club, which is a great responsibility and I like it. My job description is to look at the first team, the academy, the transfer policy, the data from training. The range is broad, occupying all the disciplines that belong to football. My job is to report and especially bring ideas
2019 10 09 Retrieve
[Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has decided to come out of retirement - but he’s not returning to the football pitch] I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Guildford Phoenix to get match experience. I hope I can help this young team to achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play. After 20 years of professional football this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch and play as a kid
[Following the announcement, many were quick to ask if his new vocation would spell the end of his time on Chelsea’s books] Some people seem to think I changed my job. No I didn’t. Luckily my job as the Technical and Performance adviser at Chelsea FC doesn’t stop me in my spare time from playing the game I loved as a kid and which I’ve been playing for years. While being [a] professional footballer I couldn’t play the games for obvious reason[s] … now I can
2019 10 13 Retrieve
[Petr Cech was named Man of the Match in his first game since signing for ice hockey side Guildford Phoenix on Sunday] I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get match experience. I hope I can help this young team to achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play. After 20 years of professional football this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch and play as a kid
[Despite reigniting his old ice hockey flame, Cech will continue in his backroom role at Chelsea] Some people seem to think I changed my job. No I didn’t. Luckily my job as the Technical and Performance adviser at Chelsea FC doesn’t stop me in my spare time from playing the game I loved as a kid and which I’ve been playing for years. While being [a] professional footballer I couldn’t play the games for obvious reason[s] … now I can
2019 10 15 Retrieve
[The former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper came out of retirement in October 2019 to sign with ice hockey team Guildford Phoenix, stating] After 20 years of professional football this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch and play as a kid
2019 10 19 Retrieve
[Petr Cech after making his ice hockey debut for Guildford Phoenix] It was a childhood dream for me to play even one game of ice hockey. I’ve done that now and nobody can take that from me
2019 11 22 Retrieve
[Petr Cech says Frank Lampard has done a remarkable job at Chelsea] Arsenal was Arsene Wenger for 22 years. Chelsea had 22 managers in 22 years! The manager with his coaching staff has done a remarkable job. They managed to integrate players in the team. The senior players were a huge help for the young players. They help them become better and keep them grounded. And the biggest part is the coaching staff and the manager because he sets the tone on the training ground. He takes the biggest credit
Some people find it surprising but we have always had huge fines at Chelsea. The commitment to work is really important. To respect the rules is something where you need no talent. You can have zero talent, but you can be on time. It is about commitment. This is not to scare people. It is just to remind them that if you can control your discipline the better it will be for everybody
2020 05 08 Retrieve
[Cech played for Chelsea with two broken shoulders prior to fracturing his skull] There was one thing I never talked about, and people didn’t know at the time. Halfway through my first season at Chelsea I broke the labrum in my shoulder. I carried on and finished the season. It felt like during the summer it would recover. It didn’t! During the second season I already had a massive problem with my shoulder and I was protecting it. Then, in the first part of my second season, I did exactly the same thing to my other shoulder. So I played my second season with broken shoulders! I was trying to get the pain low for the games and find ways to train properly so I didn’t feel the unbelievable pain every day, which was difficult to avoid. I thought about having surgery during the second season, but I didn’t want to risk missing the World Cup in Germany that summer. Nobody really knew how long it would take me to come back. To my relief I decided to have the surgery after the World Cup. I came back fast from that and I was enjoying games and not having pain while training and moving. A few games later, we played Reading!
When you come back from a career-threatening or life-threatening injury, you don’t think about pressure. I just enjoyed every moment. I suddenly realised every game could be my last one. So whenever I played from then on, I enjoyed it because I had another game to play. I was so happy the journey hadn’t ended in Reading. It was a positive feeling and played a part in my recovery. Every game felt like medicine for me. Leading to the end of the season and the FA Cup final, it felt like there was no other outcome than us winning it. I was so positive. It was a great joy and satisfaction. It was the first FA Cup we won together as a group, and it felt like the right end to the season
2020 05 09 Retrieve
[Chelsea legend Petr Cech admits he was not happy at all when the decision was taken to drop him behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge] I was not happy at all. I could see in pre-season how hard I was working. There was nothing obvious suggesting I wouldn’t be ready to keep my spot. But in a football team you can only have one goalkeeper playing every week, and unfortunately that was the way it went. Thibaut was regarded as the future of the club with all his potential and quality. I understood the choice was made, even if I didn’t think it was my time. Leaving Chelsea was the hardest decision I had to make. Having played for this club for such a long time, and becoming a big part of the history of the club, I always thought I was going to finish my career at Chelsea, or maybe leave for the last couple of years. At that moment I didn’t feel like it was like the last couple of years. That was not what I pictured in my head. But it was clear my journey had come to an end, and I decided I was going to go and try something else
When I look back, I’m happy for the good things, I’m obviously not happy with the things that didn’t go exactly as we wanted, but they played an important part, so I wouldn’t change a thing. It was a great journey. I really enjoyed it. If I had the chance, I would do it all over again
2020 05 10 Retrieve
[Legendary Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has named ex-Manchester United and Everton striker Wayne Rooney as the toughest opponent he has faced during his career] Wayne Rooney. Every time we played against United I had to make sure I was aware every time he had the ball, because he was very unpredictable and very clever. He is a guy who can chase, who can fight, who can run, who is clever with his shot. He could score from the halfway line, he could try and chip you if you were too high. That was a challenge I enjoyed
[He admitted that his time at Chelsea came to a somewhat acrimonious end with Thibault Courtois being recalled from Atletico Madrid, where he had spent three years on loan] I was not happy at all. I could see in pre-season how hard I was working. There was nothing obvious suggesting I wouldn’t be ready to keep my spot. But in a football team you can only have one goalkeeper playing every week, and unfortunately that was the way it went. Thibaut was regarded as the future of the club with all his potential and quality. I understood the choice was made, even if I didn’t think it was my time. Leaving Chelsea was the hardest decision I had to make. Having played for this club for such a long time, and becoming a big part of the history of the club, I always thought I was going to finish my career at Chelsea, or maybe leave for the last couple of years
The league has got more competitive. When I came in 2004, probably the top 12 teams were very strong, with strong squads, and then it would really depend on the years for the other eight teams. For them it was harder to bring in international players. It started changing around 2007, 2008 when the Premier League’s dominance started. You would suddenly see international players coming to every team, even promoted teams. The league became a big attraction. Teams started getting stronger and stronger, and the competition became harder and harder every year. That has continued to this day. It’s what makes the Premier League the best