Cech unfazed by Chelsea backroom upheaval

Goalkeeper Petr Cech says he is not distracted by Chelsea’s tendency to chop and change managers, according to The Independent on Sunday.

The Czech Republic international has played under nine managers since signing for the Blues in 2004 – a deal which a tenth manager, Claudio Ranieri, had already done before his departure.

And while Cech admits some stability at Stamford Bridge may be beneficial, he has defended the club’s managerial policy.

Cech said: “We keep winning things and changing manager, when some clubs who keep the same manager haven’t won anything for a long time.

But which way is better is hard to tell. It would be a relief to have a manager that comes and stays for five years!

Interim manager Rafa Benitez has guided Chelsea to the Europa League final this season and, despite continued speculation over the return of Jose Mourinho to west London, Cech has reserved praise for his Spanish boss.

He said: “We are in the [Europa] final and in a better position than when he took over, which means that some progress has been made. We have got better defensively and we are still scoring goals.

It was not an easy job for him, and in difficult circumstances I think he has been doing really well.

Chelsea continue their quest for Champions League qualification when they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

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