After having a poor performance in the first leg in Paris, it was important for Chelsea FC keeper Petr Cech to bounce back in the second leg and he sure did. Cech was inspirational from the get go and did not put a foot, or fist, or hand, wrong all game long. His saves from Ezequiel Lavezzi’s free kick and Marquinhos’s last gasp attempt stand out but Petr Cech was a commanding presence all the way through. After the match, Cech hailed Chelsea’s spirit and performance and compared it to the magical comeback against Napoli in 2012.
“It’s right up there with the Napoli game, it was the same circumstances and we came to the game having to win by two goals against a very dangerous counter-attacking side. They (PSG) did very well, but we were brilliant from start to finish. We dealt with the danger of their counter-attacks quite well regarding the circumstances, but we risked quite a lot in the second half so we had to make sure we were ready.”
Petr Cech went on to praise the “never say die” attitude of the Blues and their positive body language and attitude despite the setback of hitting the crossbar twice within minutes.
“What I liked was the moment when we hit the crossbar twice in a row, nobody put their head down. We just kept digging, and that was the key because we kept right on to the end. It was always going to be a frantic last five minutes like that, so we had to make sure everybody was ready and up to the task, but we were for the whole game, so it was not a problem.”
The man of the match award could have easily gone to Petr Cech for putting on a masterclass performance between the sticks for the Blues. He was dominant in the air and held on to many shots that could have been fumbled or deflected in to the path of another PSG attacker. As usual, when Chelsea are clicking on all cylinders and playing well, it begins with the play of their legendary keeper.
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