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Petr Cech made a winning return to action in his first match since the Europa League final in May 2019 as Chelsea U23 came from 2-0 down to beat Tottenham 3-2.
It was Cech’s first game since retiring as an Arsenal goalkeeper before his return to Chelsea as the club’s technical and performance director in June 2019.
Cech’s evening did not get off to the best of starts, though, as he conceded after just three minutes at the Kingsmeadow stadium after his first touch was inadvertently passed out for a corner which led to the opening goal from Spurs defender Jubril Okedina.
Fifteen minutes later, Cech conceded a second from Dane Scarlett’s header as Tottenham took a 2-0 lead.
Chelsea turned it around in the second half with two goals in three minutes and a third in the 88th minute to win the game 3-2.
Cech admitted it took some time to readjust to being back between the sticks after the 38-year-old made his return to football with the Blues’ development side.
“565 days after what I thought was my last game in professional football I had the opportunity to be back on the pitch,” said Cech.
“It felt so strange for the first 20 minutes as my ‘match system’ I used to have while plying regularly was missing but as the game went on the feeling returned ‘match system’ reappeared and it was great to have that special feeling again.
“Well done to my teammates for turning the game round ! It was great to get the win and 3 important points to go top of the league!”