Interview

‘That’s how it is… you learn the hard way’

Petr Cech

Petr Cech was a disappointed man after we suffered a late defeat against his former club on Saturday, but the goalkeeper is confident that we showed signs of development at Stamford Bridge.

He spoke to the media after the game, this is what he said:

on the performance…
Well, it was a great game for the fans and everybody watching because, there were so many chances. We went 2-0 down pretty quickly and had chances that we didn’t score in the first-half, but we came back and then we should have been up at half-time because we had another two really good chances to go ahead. But unfortunately we didn’t score the goals to go ahead and in the second half it continued in a similar fashion. But they put us under a little bit more pressure. Before the third goal I thought that we coped with it very well and I was positive that we were going to get something out of the game – at least a point.
 
on bouncing back in the first-half…
After the second goal we started playing really well. We came back with a big personality and we showed the maturity to deal with the situation. We got back and created chances, we scored goals and I thought that we were in a good place. At half-time we could have been 3-2 up, but maybe this is one of those moments where the game could have been different in the second half. We come away with no points, but we have a lot of positives and a lot of things we need to improve on.
 
on whether he’s being asked to do different things under Unai Emery…
I think every manager has his way of playing and obviously I see much more of the ball because we build up from the back, but as I said it’s the way that it is and you can see that I’m happy to help and be the spare man. We’re improving as a team altogether and the same applies to everyone – you have to show the manager that you’re good enough to play. We have a squad of 23 players and everyone in the squad needs to be ready to show the manager that they deserve a spot.
 
on a difficult start to the new season…
It’s not been easy, but sometimes that’s the way it is and you learn the hard way. We improved again from the last game, so having seen the work that we put in everyday and the way that the team response to things we do, I’m pretty positive we are on the right way to improve.