English Premiership

Jose: Cech still has role to play

2014-12-09 08:29
Petr Cech (File)
Cape Town - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists Petr Cech still has a role to play amid suggestions the goalkeeper could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge in search on first-team football.

The one-time Blues stalwart has been limited to an understudy role as Thibaut Courtois has made the goalkeeping spot his own this season after a two-year spell at Atletico Madrid.

According to Football411, Mourinho insists the Czech Republic international is still a vital part of the squad.

"The most important thing is what he brings to the team on the pitch, which is top quality," the Portuguese told Yahoo-Eurosport.

"When Courtois was injured against Arsenal and Petr Cech comes to play on minute 20, I was so calm. I wasn't worried about a change of goalkeeper.

"So when you have on the bench a super goalkeeper like Petr Cech this is the most important thing.

"Obviously he wants to play, which is why sometimes I make him play. I have to feed the natural ambition of somebody who feels he is a top goalkeeper.

"I have to feed that ambition to keep him... I'm not saying happy happy, because to be happy a player must play every game... but at least to make him feel that we like him, we respect him and we need him."

 

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