Cech ready for action but Mendy confident Chelsea won’t need legend

Petr Cech

Petr Cech insists he is ready and willing to play for Chelsea this season if called on by Frank Lampard, despite retiring last year.

Cech, 38, made 494 appearances in goal for the Blues after moving to Stamford Bridge from Rennes in 2004. The former Czech Republic shot-stopper also won the Champions League before swapping Chelsea for north London.

He joined Arsenal in 2015, enjoying 139 outings and lifting the FA Cup in the 2016-2017 campaign.

With Father Time catching up, Cech decided to hang up his gloves at the end of 2018-19. He remained in the game, however, returning to Chelsea as a technical and performance advisor.

It seemed likely that his playing days were over but Cech has been named in the club’s Premier League squad. Whether or not he sees any playing time is open to debate but the popular custodian declared himself primed.

“It’s true that it would have been a professional error to do this if I wasn’t at Premier League level, but that’s not the way we work here,” he told Telefoot.

“I know I’m 100 per cent ready to help if needs be. I’m fit, and with the two months of training, I’ve seen I have the same quality.”

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been ousted as the club’s number one keeper, with Edouard Mendy now between the posts. Mendy has been in superb form of late, with five straight clean sheets.

The Senegal international is a big fan of Cech but feels there is already enough talent in the club’s goalkeeping ranks.

“In terms of him playing, I think we already have three very good, competitive goalkeepers and that should be enough for us,” he said recently. “It’s just an absolute pleasure to be with him every day.”

Complete performance has boss buzzing

Mendy was part of the Chelsea side that beat Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday. The result leaves the Blues sitting fourth in the top-flight standings – four points behind table-topping Liverpool.

The Clarets may prop up the table but Lampard was delighted with the clinical way his men took them apart.

“We controlled massive parts of the game, so I’m very happy,” he told BBC Sport.

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Next up for Chelsea is the visit of Rennes on Wednesday as the Champions League continues. With a goalless draw against Sevilla and a 4-0 victory over Krasnodar, the Londoners currently top Group E.

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