Chelsea deserved to beat Barcelona, insists Petr Cech
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech insists the Blues were deserving of their narrow victory over Barcelona at Stamford Bridge
Petr Cech claims Chelsea fully deserved their 1-0 semi-final first leg triumph over Barcelona – but has warned his team-mates that the Champions League tie is far from over.
Didier Drogba fired home the eventual winner on the stroke of half-time, despite Pep Guardiola’s visitors dominating proceedings and enjoying 72 per cent of the possession.
“It was an amazing game from our point of view, we knew it was going to be difficult, we played to our maximum, everybody was on top of their game and we had a little bit of luck,” Cech, who pulled off an impressive save to deny Carles Puyol in the 87th minute, told Chelsea’s website.
“I think we deserved it because of the way we kept our focus throughout the 90 minutes, we got the reward of a good result, but we know how difficult it was and we are still far away from the job being done.
“It wasn’t perfect because they had chances, but we did all we could and there was amazing quality in the team, everybody gave 100 per cent. Tactically we tried to stay organised all the time and we are not used to playing for 90 minutes without the ball, so mentally it’s difficult to stay focused.
“We got the goal, went 1-0 up and then it was about our focus and we did what we could. It was fantastic timing because they’d started having lots of chances, but when you play them, every time you have the ball and have a chance to create something you have to go for it because you don’t have the ball as much as you would like.
“You need to use the ball well, we had a great counter-attack, they weren’t organised and in the end it was a great pass from Ramires to Didier [Drogba], and in front of goal he isn’t going to miss.”
Cech admits interim boss Roberto Di Matteo has helped to restore some of the belief that had deserted the Blues during Andre Villas-Boas’s turbulent reign at Stamford Bridge.
“We changed the manager and got a few good results; from that point, the confidence of the team was growing and you can see once you feel more confident the results come,” he added.
“The games are coming thick and fast and we don’t really have time to think about each match. Almost every game is like a big final, on Saturday we play Arsenal in another massive game, before we go to Barcelona.”