Cech targeting Chelsea title challenge

Petr Cech is hopeful Chelsea can regain the Premier League title this season, Sky Sports has reported, having won the trophy only once since Jose Mourinho left the club in 2007.

Mourinho claimed two titles in three full seasons before departing Stamford Bridge early in his fourth year at the club, with only Carlo Ancelotti in 2010 able to mirror the Portuguese’s achievements – and even the Italian was sacked after his second season at the club did not deliver consecutive titles.

And Cech believes that with Mourinho returned to the helm, Chelsea should be aiming to finish top of the table once more. “We haven’t won the Premier League for three years in a row, so I think it would be great to get that back,” the goalkeeper said. “We have some young players, some new players who have never won the league, so it would be a great step forward for them to come and accomplish that.

Chelsea are currently third in the early Premier League table, two points behind league leaders Arsenal, and were briefly top of the pile shortly before the international break. Their next game comes at home to Cardiff City, with a trip to Schalke following shortly after as the Champions League resumes.

Cech was part of the Chelsea side that won the Champions League in 2012 and feels an extended run in the competition – combined with a genuine title challenge – will make for a successful season. “We know how sweet it is to win the European Cup, too,” the Czech Republic international said. “So if we could go far in that and really challenge for the title, then that would be great.

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