This is Sparta! Petr Cech warns Chelsea to expect tough Prague test
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech warns his team-mates to expect a testing encounter when they travel to Sparta Prague on Thursday
Petr Cech has warned his Chelsea team-mates not to underestimate Sparta Prague ahead the Blues’ Europa League clash on Thursday.
The Blues travel to the Czech capital for the first leg of their last-32 clash after being parachuted down into Europe’s second tier club competition following their Champions League group-stage failure.
And the Chelsea goalkeeper is expecting their opponents to be fresh on Thursday after recently enjoying a warm-weather training camp, while the west Londoners have already played 13 games since Christmas.
“The game against us will be their first competitive match since December,” Cech told Chelsea’s website.
“They recently signed David Lafata, who has been the top scorer in the Czech Republic for the past two seasons, as well as Roman Bednar, who used to play for West Bromwich Albion.
“They will have options, and they are a team with a good blend of young, hungry players and experienced ones.
“For them, it will be the biggest game of their careers, so that’s a danger because they will want to show they can do well against us.”