Chelsea legend Petr Cech was part of the 2012 Champions League winning team, as Chelsea defied all odds to lift the trophy in Munich.
Nine years later, Chelsea celebrated another Champions League trophy – the second in the club’s history, and many are tipping Chelsea as one of the favourites this season.
Blues legend, Petr Cech, has admitted that it would be a difficult feat for Chelsea to retain the title this season.
Winning the Champions League in a row couldn’t even be done by the best Barcelona team in recent times. Only Real Madrid have done it since it was named UEFA Champions League, and AC Milan are the only club from old time to have won the European Cup back to back.
Cech is backing Chelsea to do well in the competition, but the legend believes winning it for a second time running may be too hard a task.
He wrote on the official club website: “It is really difficult to retain the Champions League because you need an element of everything going right and you need to be lucky as well.
“For Real Madrid to win it three times in a row, that was absolutely exceptional and you have to really take your hat off to a team for doing that because it’s a title that is really so hard to retain.
“When you come in as a champions, everybody has extra pressure and that adds to the complexity of the whole thing. You need everything to go right, no unlucky games or bad decisions or away goals against you.
“You are playing the best teams in Europe throughout the competition and everybody has the same motivation and quality to go through.
“That is what it makes it so unique and so difficult but we started well with a good win against a tough opponent in Zenit St Petersburg so now we keep building from here.”