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‘Efficiency in front of goal decided the game’

Petr Cech in action against Manchester United

Petr Cech picked the ball out of his own net twice in the first 11 minutes on Sunday - after two defensive lapses.

That ultimately decided a pulsating match against Manchester United and the goalkeeper was asked for his take on the game shortly after the final whistle:

on the result…
It is an unlucky game, but we need to make sure that when we create chances in a big game we score and don’t make mistakes, which the game was decided by at the start with our two mistakes and they scored. At the half-time we were sure after having so many chances that if we scored it would be on, and I thought after 2-1 they missed a big chance and we had a few chances to equalise. We thought it would be the turning point but unfortunately they scored a third goal and the efficiency in front of goal decided the game. There are not many times you play United and you dominate the whole game, having so many chances, so this is positive, but we are disappointed.

on how frustrating it was to not be able to score…
We played against Huddersfield and we were on the other side of it. We had a spell where we had four shots and everything went in, this time it was the opposite. Obviously you need to make sure before every game that you give everything, and we completely dominated most of the game but got nothing out of it, so it’s disappointing.

on the gap to Man City…
It’s a huge gap and they have everything in their hands, but we wanted to win today to close the gap on United in second, but they opened the gap after today so we have to change it.