'We've worked really hard... we felt prepared'

Cech denies Morata from the spot

Petr Cech was pivotal in our win over Chelsea in Dublin on Wednesday night.

The former Czech Republic international denied Ruben Loftus-Cheek as the penalty shoot-out entered sudden death, as well as keeping out a regular time spot-kick from Alvaro Morata.

On top of that, Cech denied Morata once more in open play, as well as thwarting the best efforts of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Cesc Fabregas.

Here's what Petr had to say after the final whistle:

on his emotions after the penalty shoot-out…

Well, I have to say that first of all I’m glad we came into the penalty shoot-out because we were losing the game until the last minute, so credit to all of us that we managed to dig in and manage to find an equaliser. In the shoot-out everyone took their penalties very well and there was only one miss.


I was very close to the first one which was a bit of a shame because I had my hand to it and it hit my head and I thought it was going to go wide, but it went in. But in the end our boys managed to keep their nerves and we managed to win. Its always good for the confidence before the season starts


on his two penalty saves and the team's performance…

I felt confident. We’ve been working really hard and really well, so when you are prepared you feel confident obviously. The game didn’t start well for us when we went 1-0 down, but eventually we improved and in the end from both sides it was a really entertaining and quality game.

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