Cech That Defence Out Chelsea
It’s often been suggested that Arsenal’s pretty football comes at a price and that price is their lack of trophies of late.
Ex-Chelsea man William Gallas was saying something similar last week, and this week Chelsea keeper Petr Cech has echoed his sentiments.
According to Cech, Chelsea need to get back to concentrating defensively and forget about entertaining the crowd if they’re to win anything.
Following our defeats to Liverpool and Roma, the Chelsea keeper said: “Sometimes you need to play a not-so-nice game and not be so entertaining to win if it’s needed.”
Whilst Cech has been happy enough with Scolari and the brand of football he’s brought to Chelsea, he’s worried that the points we’ve dropped against our rivals at home could cost us at the end of the season, and he thinks the players should be "getting back to basics"
Cech says “Every manager is different. They all have their own philosophy. You can see in our games that the Brazilian touch is there.
"Scolari wants us to have time on the ball, to work it and pass it and to use the quality in the squad. But we know that sometimes we don’t have to always think about playing nice football and entertaining everybody—we need to defend.
"The defeat by Liverpool and the draw with Manchester United will help us to learn, because we were thinking about nice football. They came with a plan, they played tactically, they were well-organised and were thinking to defend well against us. They stuck to the plan and got a result.
"At times in games like the one against Roma we should have defended better. We should have thought more about defence than scoring goals. I hope we can show against Blackburn that this was an exception.”
Mind you, whilst I agree with Cech to an extent, Chelsea should never forget the defensive side to their game, we’ve hardly conceded goals again this season if you excuse the odd nightmare in Europe.
Add to that the fact that our football is just so much better to watch now and personally, I think we should just learn to live with the odd defeat.
Yeah OK, like Cech says, we might not exactly have covered ourselves in glory against Liverpool or United, and granted, Roma was an embarrassment, but considering the football Scolari’s dished up in comparison to Avram Grant, or even Mourinho’s "Total Defence" displays, I know which I prefer.