The 38-year-old has come out of retirement on a non-contract foundation to fill a vacant goalkeeping spot on the Blues’ roster
Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard would haven’t any downside in fielding Petr Cech between the posts after the retired goalkeeper made a shock look within the Blues’ 2020-21 Premier League squad.
Cech, 38, retired from skilled soccer on the finish of the 2018-19 season after 15 years of sterling service in English soccer for Chelsea and later Arsenal, which included 4 Premier League title triumphs in addition to victory within the 2011-12 Champions League.
But on Tuesday the Czech legend appeared in Chelsea’s 25-man squad for the current campaign, prompting hypothesis that the Premier League had initially made a mistake in together with his identify alongside Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero as one of many Blues’ 4 goalkeepers.
Chelsea, although, clarified that Cech had been known as up in distinctive circumstances as a non-contract participant, and Lampard went on to disclose that the veteran has been energetic in membership coaching for a while previous to the choice to take him out of retirement.
“Petr has been coaching with the goalkeepers for a short while now. He has been coaching quite a lot of days with them which is efficacious for expertise [of the other goalkeepers] and that he’s passing on that high quality to them,” the supervisor defined to reporters following Tuesday’s 0-Zero Champions League draw with Sevilla at Stamford Bridge.
“We had that area within the squad and we all know this 12 months, it appears to be like like no different due to Covid and isolation so it was a very simple one. Pete nonetheless does his day job and he’s there if we want him.
“He’s match, very match. He’s nonetheless comparatively younger. He completed taking part in when he probably might have carried on. He has taken on his position at Chelsea very properly and he has been very useful to me and we work carefully collectively. He trains pretty repeatedly and he’s match.”
Lampard admitted that he doesn’t anticipate to have to attract on Cech’s providers over the course of the season, however that he would haven’t any doubts over fielding him ought to he have to.
“Whether or not we’ll see him a lot this season, I’m not certain. Has I discussed earlier than, it depends upon how the season goes with COVID and isolation. We felt it was a no brainer to have Pete within the squad for that motive and it helps me coaching day by day,” he added.
“When he’s in such good kind it could actually solely assist the goalkeepers now we have to see one of many world’s greatest within the fashionable period amongst us.
“It’s positively not executed for the romance. Pete definitely enjoys the coaching as a result of that’s how he’s. I might get pleasure from coaching extra if my calves didn’t go tight each time I attempted to dash today. With Pete I wouldn’t anticipate to occur this 12 months.
“However I do know with the way in which he’s and the way match he’s that if we’re in disaster instances then you definitely couldn’t ask for a lot better than having Petr Cech round. I don’t anticipate it, however no one anticipated what now we have seen within the final six or seven months world wide.”
Chelsea’s defensive frailty has been extensively highlighted below Lampard, with the Blues conceding 9 targets of their opening 5 Premier League clashes.
Tuesday marked solely their third clear sheet of 2020-21, one in all which got here in opposition to Championship facet Barnsley; however Lampard was inspired with what he noticed from new signing Mendy.
“I believe the way in which he has performed within the three video games since being right here, he has performed very properly. Made an excellent save at the moment, two clear sheets,” he mentioned when requested if the ex-Rennes No. 1 was now his first alternative in purpose.
“So on the minute, sure. I mentioned when he got here in it was good for competitors. We knew his qualities and he’s exhibiting them already. In order it stands, sure it’s. However that all the time stays one thing that’s up for grabs, so that’s the reason you could have competitors at golf equipment. The best way he’s taking part in I’m very completely satisfied.”