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Petr Cech is rated as one of the best goalkeepers the Premier League has seen, and the former Czech international is seen as a legend by the Chelsea faithful.
Cech lost his first choice role to Thibaut Courtois in 2014, and had to leave Chelsea at the end of the 2014-15 season, to join Arsenal, where he spent four years.
Cech retired from the game at age 37, with injury factors also prompting an early retirement for a goalkeeper of his calibre.
Currently working as Chelsea’s Technical and Performance Advisor, Cech has also been training with the Chelsea squad, and was surprisingly enlisted as the club’s emergency goalkeeper cover.
Cech’s inclusion might not be a misjudgement by Frank Lampard, as former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has even claimed that Cech keeps out more balls in training than Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.
Schwarzer told Optus Sports: “From my understanding, he was better than the Chelsea keepers – but this was before Mendy arrived at the club. He was performing and training better than the Chelsea keepers.
“On that, he’s number two. But he’s not because he hasn’t played games. I know he’s kicking the ball further than he did towards the end of his career, because the injuries he had, the problems he had with his ankle, his calf, they were hindering his kicking game.
“So apparently he has no problems with that at all anymore. He’s kicking the ball as far as he [ever] did.
“So he’s been working hard, he’s been playing in goal for ice hockey, he’s been doing lots of other fitness stuff, keeping very fit, doing lots of gym work. And he is, now you see in the last couple of weeks, he’s been training with Chelsea on the football pitch.”
On whether Lampard would seriously consider playing Cech ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga if Mendy ever got injured, Schwarzer added: “I think he has to play Kepa, because if he doesn’t it will kill him.”