Friday, September 29, 2023

Chelsea fans joke Petr Cech would start ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga following Game4Ukraine display

It’s been four years since Petr Cech retired from professional football, but the legendary goalkeeper still showcased his skills during Saturday’s Game4Ukraine charity match. The former Chelsea and Arsenal star made some incredible saves, impressing both fans and spectators.

Despite conceding a goal to former West Ham captain Mark Noble, Cech displayed fine form throughout the game. One notable save came when former Premier League striker Yakubu took a powerful shot from the edge of the box, only to be denied by Cech’s expert palm.

While Chelsea currently has Kepa Arrizabalaga and new signing Robert Sanchez as goalkeeping options, Cech’s performance at Stamford Bridge had nostalgic Blues fans yearning for his return. Some even jokingly claimed that Cech would still be the best goalkeeper for Chelsea.

Although Sanchez’s signing was announced on the same day, fans expressed their desire for Cech’s return instead. Comparisons were made between Cech and Kepa, with some suggesting that the retired goalkeeper was currently better than the struggling Kepa.

Perry Groves, a commentator for talkSPORT, described Cech’s performance as if he were an octopus, making saves all over the place. Cech’s illustrious career includes 494 appearances for Chelsea and 139 games for Arsenal before retiring in 2019 after winning the Europa League final with the Blues.

In addition to the match report, talkSPORT also provides a football match center where fans can stay updated on Chelsea’s fixtures, results, and live Premier League standings for the 2023/24 season.

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Football fans around the world were left in awe after Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech put on a stunning performance for the Czech Republic at a Game4Ukraine exhibition match in Kiev. The 36-year-old retired professional footballer captained his side to a 6-0 victory over a team of Ukrainian celebrities, reminding fans of his shot-stopping ability and the undying loyalty he has for his former club.

The Game4Ukraine event, which is meant to raise funds for a much-needed hospital in Eastern Ukraine, proved to be a much-needed morale boost for Cech. And now, Chelsea fans have even begun to joke that Petr Cech should be installed ahead of current goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Given the Spaniard’s lack of form and poor performances in the early part of the season, Cech’s stellar performance last week could hardly be more timely, leading supporters of The Blues to flock to social media to voice their opinion. As one Twitter user put it, ‘If you don’t bring Petr Cech back NOW then there is something seriously wrong’

Indeed, the performance of Cech has been a rare bright spot in an otherwise dismal first few months of the season for Chelsea. The club has had to settle for just one win in their last six Premier League games, leaving them tenth in the table and just four points off the relegation zone. Unfortunately for fans, it’s too late for Cech to make a return to Chelsea’s starting lineup, as he is now retired from professional football and is instead working for the club in a non-footballing capacity.

Nevertheless, the performance of Cech in last week’s Game4Ukraine event has left many Chelsea supporters wishing they could rewind time and have the 36-year-old back between the sticks again. Cech’s performance has only highlighted the gulf between Chelsea’s current goalkeeper and the Czech’s all-time record appearance holder.

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