Cech hoping to avoid an unsuccessful year

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes that failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League will be a ‘lost’ year, Sky Sports reports.

The Czech international kept a clean sheet at home to Tottenham on Saturday, but saw his teammates fail to score and ended the match 0-0. Chelsea are now five points adrift of Spurs, who currently hold the final Champions League spot. The Blues are still in the FA Cup, with a semi-final fixture against either Bolton or Tottenham at Wembley, and have a quarter-final with Portuguese side Benfica coming up. Cech is hoping to keep the club’s record of qualifying for the Champions League in every season of Roman Abramovich’s reign.

Cech said: “It is a year lost in the progression of the club. For a big club, you can accept that the team does not win the league, because it is in transition. But you can’t afford to slip out of the Champions League spots, because the big teams are about the Champions League”.

The Chelsea goalkeeper is happy with the hectic schedule the club are expecting, which is echoed by Blues defender Gary Cahill. The England international is happy with his January move from Bolton and Cahill is looking forward to the big games coming up against Benfica on Tuesday and next weekend’s trip to the 26 year old’s former side Aston Villa.

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