Chelsea may be enduring their worst run of form since the Abramovich era began, but their keeper, Petr Cech, sees a light at the end of the tunnel. Reflecting back on the game at Craven Cottage – in which he had rescued a point for his side, after saving a penalty taken by Clint Dempsey – the Czech international was full of praise for new boy David Luiz. The Brazilian had made his first start for the champions and settled down well. He was even awarded the man of the match, despite being responsible for bringing down Dempsey inside the box to give away a penalty.
Speaking about the performance of Luiz, Cech told the club’s official television channel:
The game on Monday showed Chelsea had indeed been strong at the back, as they were rarely troubled by Fulham. Carlo Ancelotti’s side enjoyed the majority of possession, but were still unable to break the deadlock. With fans pointing fingers at Torres and his inability to deliver so far, Cech was quick to rush to the defence of the new striker. “Fernando had some good runs in the first-half and was only just stopped by the defenders. I thought it was very promising. I thought we would go through and get there,” Cech said.
After hearing what the Chelsea keeper had to say, it became quite clear that the belief to recover is still present within the team, which many fans have started to believe is lacking. This would definitely be comforting news for Chelsea supporters, especially with rumours flying around that Didier Drogba is unhappy about being dropped and is seeking a move away from the club at the end of the season. However Ancelotti was quick to play down any gossip by stating that Drogba will be part of the first team this week as the champions prepare to host Everton on Saturday. The Italian insisted that the only reason Drogba was not selected to start against Fulham was so that he could be given time to rest before the FA Cup tie.
In other news, Yury Zhirkov began training with his team-mates on Tuesday morning, according to the club’s official website. The manager will be happy to see that he can welcome back the Russian international as Chelsea are set to play a string of important matches, with the FA Cup and Champions League ties just around the corner. It will be interesting to see whether this marks a turn in fortune for the Blues, who definitely seem like they could use some luck at the moment.