Last month Petr Cech announced he will bring an end to his glittering career in the summer, but as he prepares to take on BATE Borisov on Thursday, he said he is fully focussed on the next game, despite knowing each appearance draws him closer to his last.
"Yes it's right that it might be the last time in the competition," he said shortly after arriving in Minsk on Wednesday, "but I prepare with the team day-by-day. I don't think about whether it's my last game, competition or round or not. I prepare how I have my whole life, my whole career and obviously I want to give the best performance. I want to win with the team. My only concentration is to be ready for the game.
The Czech goalkeeper won the Europa League with Chelsea in 2012/13, one of 18 honours in his club career to date, yet he could still add to that before calling it a day at the end of the season.
"Of course, that would be an ideal scenario for me to finish in my career. We aim to win every game and improve step-by-step. For us as a club it's obviously very important for us to go as far as possible and if you win the Europa League it's a great memory for every player and secondly you can book your place in the Champions League. So as you can see, there is a lot to play for."
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