Cech wants Chelsea to be second best after Champions League exit

Peter Cech has warned Chelsea they must get over their Champions League disappointment quickly or risk another failure in not finishing second in the Barclays Premier League.


Carlo Ancelotti faces an uncertain future as Blues boss following Tuesday night’s quarter-final exit at Old Trafford, a result that leaves last year’s champions empty-handed without silverware this season.

Should Carlo be sacked after Chelsea’s latest Euro failure? Chelsea’s agonising wait for Champions League glory goes on after they were dumped out of the competition by Manchester United at Old Trafford. Owner Roman Abramovich is desperate to secure the trophy – but should he stick by under-fire Carlo Ancelotti?

The Blues are 11 points behind runaway league leaders United but only two points above fourth-placed Manchester City with just five points separating them from Tottenham in fifth.

With the risk of their season ending in tatters, Cech is determined that his team-mates pick themselves up this weekend at West Brom as they attempt to close the four-point advantage held by their London rivals Arsenal in second.


‘This is the year to learn from and to pick ourselves up and finish the season strongly because there is still plenty to play for,’ said the 28-year-old goalkeeper.

‘We want to finish as high as possible in the league, we have to pick ourselves up and get ready for the next season. If we win most of the remaining games we can finish second.’

Cech is adamant that Chelsea displayed unity in defeat at Old Trafford and has no fears that his side will disintegrate now they have little to play for.

He added: ‘You could see at Old Trafford the team is together,’ he said,.

‘if you are not together and you go down to ten men losing 1-0 the team falls apart but we didn’t do so.’

Cech, however, rued Chelsea’s crucial collapse when Park Ji-Sung won the tie for United just moments after Didier Drogba had offered them hope in scoring an equaliser.

The Blues, reduced to ten men after Ramires was sent off, witnessed their European hopes crushed by the Korean who scored less than 60 seconds after the Ivorian levelled on the night.

Second best: Cech wants Chelsea to finish runners-up in the league after losing to Manchester United in Europe

Second best: Cech wants Chelsea to finish runners-up in the league after losing to Manchester United in Europe

‘We did well, it was a pretty equal game and down to ten men after Ramires’s 70th-minute sending-off we managed to get our goal,’ Cech said.

‘I believe that they would be under a lot of pressure but we were thinking too much about scoring the second goal and we conceded straight away after we scored, which was the decisive moment of the game.’


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