Cech eyes perfect 10 with Blues

Cech was criticised earlier in the season when Carlo Ancelotti’s

men were conceding goals from set-pieces, but he has been back to

his best recently and in the Premier League victory over Arsenal

last week produced crucial saves. The 27-year-old has a contract

until 2013 and, when asked about spending the next 10 years at the

club, said: “If I stay fit, at least as I am now, then I’ll play as

long as I can because this career is normally pretty short and

everyone wants to make the most of it. “It all depends on how fit

you stay and how well you play because suddenly you’re not as fast

and your reaction is not the same. “You can compensate it with a

bit of experience, but there always comes a point when you know

it’s not going to be the same, so it depends how long this is going

to take.” Cech has helped Chelsea win the Premier League twice but

is yet to enjoy Champions League glory – and if they are to win it

this season they will need to get past former boss Jose Mourinho.

Cech will travel to Italy next week for the first leg of the

last-16 clash against Mourinho’s Inter Milan. Chelsea are currently

top of the Premier League but Cech told Chelsea Magazine: “Always

the Champions League is our aim and you can see that we’ve been

playing for it every season and we’ve gone far, but the aim is the

same. “The Champions League is the only trophy this club is missing

so I think that is what everyone would like to win.” He added: “For

the fans, for the players and for everyone linked with the club, I

think it is going to be a special occasion (against Inter). “I said

before the draw, right before Christmas, that if the English and

Italian media wanted a gift from Santa Claus it would be Chelsea

versus Inter or Man United against AC Milan and, in the end, it did

happen, which is perfect.” Cech’s recent form has led to praise

from Ancelotti, who also defended the Czech Republic international

during his shaky period earlier in the campaign. The former Rennes

goalkeeper has explained the challenges of being number one for a

successful team who do not give their opposition many clear-cut

chances. “Sometimes it is hard because when you have 10 or 15

minutes without touching the ball, and then suddenly something

happens, you have to be there,” he said. “It’s tough mentally

because sometimes you can have one shot against you and it’s a

goal. It can be a brilliant goal, when basically the whole game you

haven’t touched the ball, and you’re just getting it out of the

net. “The ability you have is always important but if you want to

win the game you have to keep your concentration for the full 90

minutes at the top level. “Not everyone can adapt to that because

in the past so many great keepers from mid-table sides come to a

big club and it hasn’t worked for them. “They couldn’t get used to

the fact you only have one, two, maybe a maximum of three things to

do throughout the game and you have to be spot on.”