Cech: We must build on City win

The Blues stormed right back into the thick of the title race on

Monday night by becoming the first team to beat City in the Premier

League this season. But goalkeeper Cech admitted that would mean

nothing if Chelsea failed to take all three points in the late

kick-off at the DW Stadium ahead of City’s clash with Arsenal on

Sunday. “Beating City was important, of course, because it enabled

us to get a bit closer,” Cech told his club’s official website.

“City are seven points in front so they still have an advantage,

but suddenly the pressure from the teams below is a bit bigger, so

let’s see how they cope with it. “We need three points and, with

City playing Arsenal this weekend – two teams who are around us –

let’s see what happens. “We can only take advantage of any result

if we win our own game. “Monday’s win will count for nothing unless

we beat Wigan.” Chelsea will be hot favourites to close to within

four points of City but they will be facing a Wigan side in their

best form of the season following two wins from their last three

games. “For them, any point will be a great result because we are

the favourites for the game,” Cech said. “They will try to get

whatever they can but it’s really up to us – if are attitude is

right we should get the three points.” Chelsea will be more

marginal favourites to win their Champions League last-16 clash

with Napoli, who they were paired with in yesterday’s draw. Cech

said: “It’s a very dangerous game because, at the moment, they are

flying high. “But the game is in February and in football things

can change quickly. “The away game in particular will be very

tough, their stadium is known for having one of the best

atmospheres in Europe and it will be bouncing, so I’m looking

forward to it.” Napoli effectively knocked City out of the

competition and Cech is particularly wary of one of their attacking

threats in particular. “I played against Marek Hamsik for Czech

Republic against Slovakia,” he said. “He’s a very good player but,

as a team, they are very strong and I feel that is their biggest