The Czech Republic manage to hold Sweden to a 1-1 draw despite the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the pitch. The match was held in Stockholm and in front of a passionate crowd, Sweden was determined to win the game.
They started well the game by putting the Czech Republic under intense pressure. It was normal that they took the lead in the 14th minutes thanks to a Marcus Berg goal. The Swedish player benefited from a superb cross from Martin Olsson. He connected well with the ball and buried it in the bottom corner to give his side the lead.
However, Czech Republic did not give up and continued to create some occasions. They will be rewarded on a set-piece. MatejVydra will rise higher than everyone else to meet Thomas Sivok’s ball with a magnificent header allowing the Czech Republic to come back in the game.
Despite the continuous pressure of Sweden, the Czech Republic will get a chance to take the lead following a great pass by LadislavKrejci, who found Vladimir Darida. However, the Czech player will shoot inches wide of the target spurning a chance to give his team the lead. Continue reading “The Czech Republic earns draw against strong Sweden opposition”
Petr Cech sustained a shoulder injury on April 22 when playing the Champions League match against Athletic Madrid which forced the Czech shot-stopper on having to miss out on the last 4 matches that Chelsea played before the conclusion of the season.
Arsenal is now considering the possibility of signing Petr Cech from Chelsea as the 32 years old goalkeeper will have to fight for his place in the Premier League club when Thibaut Courtois makes his return to Chelsea.
When the Belgian goalkeeper was asked about his future, he replied by saying:
“If I move somewhere, I will play. With my age, what I want, the most important thing for me is to play. We will see what happens. But Petr Cech is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he won the golden glove in the Premier League, and I have a lot of respect for him, so we will see what Chelsea decide and what they plan to do. You guys will see the decision then.” Courtois said.
Courtois has made it very clear that he desire to be the main goalkeeper in whatever club he performs and if indeed, he does return to Chelsea the spot in between the posts will have to be battled off between him and Petr Cech.
At his 32 years of age, Petr Cech is a player who has attracted the attention of clubs around the world and if Jose Mourinho decide on selling in order to make way for Courtois it might just be the best option as the cash injection will give Mourinho the cash injection that he needs in order to sign some of summer targets including: Diego Costa.
Jose Mourinho and his squad made a slip-up which has given Liverpool more breathing space at the top of the Premier League. Chelsea suffered a surprising 2-1 defeat against the relegation threatened club Sunderland and now the league title is in the hands of Liverpool and it will be theirs as long as they don’t drop any points during the remainder of the season.
Chelsea has been hit with a further blow as they received news concerning the condition of Petr Cech and John Terry. Both of them sustained injuries during the Champions League match against Athletic Madrid and medical scans have revealed that neither of them will be available to play for the remaining matches of the campaign.
Jose Mourinho said: “Petr Cech’s season is over. Don’t ask me technically, but season over and John but we have to play the final for him to play with us.”
“We had problems before the game, we had problems during the game, we lost four players during the game, two with injuries, two with yellow cards, but we will fight. Ivanovic is back, Schwarzer showed clearly that we can trust him. People that are not playing a lot, like for example Ashley Cole, put in an amazing performance.”
The 1st leg of the Champions League match against Athletic Madrid concluded with a 0-0 draw but Mourinho was happy about the result as everything will be decided when they play on April 30 at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho also went on talking about his priorities in charge of Chelsea as he said that the Premier League is not his main focus and the Portuguese coach is even considering resting some of his key players during their Premier League match against Liverpool and instead prepare them for the 2nd leg of the Champions League which is scheduled to be played only 3 days later.
Manchester city have been one of the big spending clubs in Europe over the last five years. They have recently replaced Chelsea as the big spenders in the Premier league, but they have only two trophies to show for their expenditure in the last five years. They have once again spent close to £ 100 million in this summer trying to reclaim the Premier league trophy. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who was one of the first big-money signings at this club, has questioned the continuous spending of the Middle East owners in the pursuit of trophies.
City are one of the club’s facing the prospect of being eliminated from the European competitions as a result of not obliging with the UEFA financial fair play regulations. Cech has revealed that he is interested as to seeing how city cope with the pressure in the coming season. Unlike in the past, he believes that there will be at least five teams challenging for the Premier league title this season. Manchester United, Manchester city, and Chelsea are the obvious contenders, but he reckons that Arsenal and Tottenham will also have a chance to put up a title challenge as well.
Chelsea’s season starts this match against Premier league newcomers Hull city on August 17.
“I am thinking: ‘You have got a lot of players, let’s see how you are going to deal with it’. City keep spending money and bringing in players so obviously they have the intention of challenging for the title. Manchester United will challenge for the title and I believe that Liverpool and Tottenham will want to improve. Arsenal will want to prove everybody wrong. They will be wanting to prove that they are still hungry for success because the manager is under pressure for results,” said the 30-year-old Czech Republic goalie.
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that the entire Chelsea squad would not think twice about welcoming former manager José Mourinho to the club. The current Real Madrid boss has been linked with a return to Chelsea last few months now. After the Champions league semi-final exit for the Spanish club, it is really becoming apparent that Mourinho may return to his former stomping ground where he won two league titles and several other trophies. Cech was brought to the club by Mourinho back in 2004. He has managed to establish himself as one of the best in the world.
The 30-year-old is at the peak of his powers right now. He has lavished the praise for Mourinho by saying that he is one of the best managers in the world and he has said that the haul of trophies by the Portuguese in the last decade is the testament to this fact. Cech has said that he really enjoyed working under Mourinho, but he has since played under eight different managers. There have been several calls for stability at the club, and Cech has also been quick to reiterate this fact.
Rafa Benitez will leave the club at the end of the season after just a couple of months in charge.
“He is one of the best coaches in the world. He is a great manager and if he comes back the fans will be very happy. It would be a pleasure to work with him, both for the players who know him already and those who don’t know him yet. The relief would be if the manager stays five years. We keep getting trophies and we keep changing managers. There are clubs who keep the same manager and haven’t won for a long time. So which way is better is hard to tell,” said Cech.
Chelsea’s international goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that the title race this season will be competed against the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea. The Czech Republic goalkeeper has been one of the influential players for Chelsea over the last decade. Even though he has played in numerous matches for the club, he is still capable of producing the best in the big matches. The Czech republic stopper was one of the key reasons for Chelsea winning the Champions League title last season. After having made a great start to the new Premier league season, Chelsea have suffered a number of bad results since the 3-2 defeat against Manchester United.
Chelsea enjoyed a four-point advantage at the top of the table following the 4-2 win over Tottenham, but since then, they have been able to take only two points from three matches. This has allowed Manchester United to open a three-point advantage at the top of the table. Despite losing the advantage, the Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech is confident that the club can win the first league title since 2010. He has also identified in Manchester United and Manchester city, the two main competitors for Chelsea in the title race.
“We had a very good start. Manchester United started with a defeat but are now top and City had a very good victory because losing 1-0 you think Tottenham might get something out of the game but they managed to win and now have the advantage over us. It’s early days and we still have to play them (City) in two weeks, which will be a big game for both teams,” said the Chelsea goalkeeper after the 1-1 draw with Liverpool during the weekend. John Terry opened the scoring, but Luis Suarez equalised for Liverpool in the second half.
The Czech Republic team doctor has said that they have come to an agreement with the Premier league club Chelsea over the issue of giving the star goalkeeper Petr Cech rest from the friendly matches. The 30-year-old Petr Cech is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and he has an important role within the national team. However, the team doctor of the national team has said that he is suffering from an elbow injury, which is not bad enough to keep him from playing, but he needs to be maintained properly in order to help him through the rest of the season without a surgery.
Chelsea have decided that Petr Cech will be undergoing a minor operation only in the summer in order to prevent him from losing key matches over the course of the season. As a result, they have struck an agreement with the Czech Republic national team manager Michal Bilek over the possibility of not playing him in the meaningless friendly matches. However, Petr Cech will be part of the Czech Republic national team in the key World Cup qualifying matches. Recently, the goalkeeper sat out of the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Finland.
“An investigation showed a bit of ossification in his elbow, so they [Chelsea] are planning a surgery in England after the season. They have asked us if we could rest him in friendly fixtures. We have come to an agreement with coach Michal Bilek and decided to be on good terms with Chelsea. We are going to grant their wish and rest him. Petr cannot stretch the arm properly. If he has to stretch the elbow, it hurts him sometimes,” said the team doctor Petr Krejci. Czech Republic have drawn their only World Cup qualifying match so far.