Chelsea season already a success, says Cech

Petr Cech believes that Chelsea can consider their season a success regardless of what happens in the Premier League and Champions League between now and the middle of May, Sky Sports has reported.

Chelsea are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League, registering a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in the first-leg this week, and are second in the Premier League, five points behind Liverpool prior to playing the Reds at Anfield on Sunday.

Cech has said that while Chelsea would be disappointed to miss out on the title to Liverpool, they never expected to compete for it in the first place. “It was not the target. As the manager said, this is a process of him building the team he wants,” the goalkeeper added.

“We have made progress even if there are no trophies at the end to show for it. We have been looking for stability and in the last few seasons we have had a lot of changes of manager.

“It’s really important to start with one manager and end it with the same one. Now next season we can make an even bigger step forward.

“Whatever happens this season it will be even better next season because of the confidence we have gained and we will be in an even better position to fulfil our targets.”

Cech will miss the run-in for both competitions after suffering a shoulder injury against Atletico. Mark Schwarzer is likely to deputise with the return leg against the Spanish side to come at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

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