ABRAMOVICH HAS A ROLE FOR PETR CECH AT STAMFORD BRIDGE

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Petr Cech is playing his final campaign for Arsenal and will retire at the end of the season.

Cech left Chelsea for Arsenal after 11 successful years at Stamford Bridge and Roman Abramovich wants the 36-year-old back at club when he retires at the end of the season.

According to The Telegraph, the Blues are preparing to offer Cech a role at the club as part of a summer shake up aimed at appeasing fans who have grown disillusioned with the club falling so far behind Liverpool and Manchester City in the title race.

Manchester City finished 30 points ahead of Chelsea last season and are currently 22 points ahead of Chelsea going into this weekend’s fixtures.

Liverpool finished five points ahead of Chelsea last season but the gap has grown this season to more than 20 points.

Chelsea haven’t replaced former technical director Michael Emenalo since he left the club two years ago and Cech could be asked to take up elements of the role Emenalo left behind as part of a newly created role.

Cech is still held in high regard at Stamford Bridge and Abramovich was always known to value his opinion.

Director Marina Granovskaia took on many of Emenalo’s old duties after his departure, but it has always been the intention to redistribute some of the workload once the right people could be found and Cech’s playing retirement will come at exactly the right time.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has called on the players to improve in the defensive phase.

“In the last two matches we had problems with the defensive phase. We conceded two goals from set-pieces in the last match. So the whole team was involved, not just the defenders,” Sarri said.

“Against Slavia we conceded two goals from shots 20, 25 metres out, so the midfielders were also involved. We need to defend with more intensity and aggressiveness. The whole team needs to improve in the defensive phase.”

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