Cech remembers how Messi never scored past him as a Chelsea goalkeeper in 10 games

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Chelsea and Barcelona formed a kind of rivalry between 2004 and 2012, as the two sides kept meeting in the Champions League, and the games became very heated.

Between 2004 and 2012, Chelsea faced Barcelona 10 times, and those games were never easy for any side.

Lionel Messi had a record of never scoring against Chelsea at the time, with Petr Cech in goal.

Cech has reminisced how he always kept out Messi, and the Argentine couldn’t even score from a penalty against Cech.

“It took him a long time to score past me – 10 games in fact as I was an Arsenal player when he eventually did,” Cech told Chelsea’s matchday programme ahead of the Blues clash with Rennes.

“He missed penalties, I made saves, he hit the post, but he never scored past me at Chelsea. It was a pleasure to keep a clean sheet against him. When he had the penalty in the Nou Camp in 2012, that was a defining moment.

“I was thinking about what he could do, what he would do. So my strategy was to wait and wait until I could see where he was going to hit it. So when I moved the way he was going to strike the ball, he knew he had to go high to beat me – but he went too high and it struck the bar.

“That game, in general, was huge. When you’re 2-0 down at the Nou Camp with 10 men and it’s still the first half, you’re thinking it’s going to be a long, long night. My friends who were at the game said after that they had discussed the one position they wouldn’t want to be in on a night like that and they agreed it was the goalkeeper.

“It could’ve got ugly as we’ve seen so often for teams in those situations at the Nou Camp against Barcelona.”

Messi would eventually score against Cech when he was an Arsenal player, and he scored against Chelsea when Thibaut Courtois was in goal.

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