Cech eyes further success
Petr Cech hopes Chelsea can compete for the double every year and claim an elusive Champions League crown.
Last Updated: 16/05/10 4:30pm
Petr Cech hopes Chelsea can compete for the double every season after adding the FA Cup to their Premier League crown.
The Blues made history on Saturday by beating Portsmouth 1-0 at Wembley but Cech is already looking to the future.
He has challenged his team to continue to dominate on the domestic front, while they also chase an elusive UEFA Champions League trophy.
"I hope this is the first achievement of a long cycle, that we will able to defend the title and compete every year to win the double," Cech, celebrating with the rest of the side during an open-top bus parade, told Sky Sports News.
"As well, you can't forget there is still the Champions League missing for this club.
"I can see this club going forward again, this is a massive moment and it can give us a lot of confidence for next year."
Cech believes his penalty save from Kevin-Prince Boateng set Chelsea on the way to FA Cup glory.
The Blues had squandered a number of good chances at Wembley before Pompey won a spot-kick early in the second half.
Cech pulled off a fine stop and Chelsea finally broke through at the other end moments later courtesy of Didier Drogba.
The Czech Republic goalkeeper was delighted to make such an important contribution, which he feels knocked the spirits of Portsmouth and buoyed the Blues.
"I went the right way and until that penalty moment we had missed about seven chances and six times we had hit the frame of the goal, so we could not have been more unlucky," said Cech.
"Then you have the penalty against you and a lot of people think that this is one of those days when you play well, have so many chances, and end up losing the game.
"This was the moment when they were so close but they missed and minutes later we scored the winner.
"It could have been a completely different story. It was a great moment for me and for the team because we got a lift and knocked them down a bit.
"Then, when we scored the goal we knew it was over and we had made the breakthrough. You could see for them it was tough to take, it was like a knockout punch."
Cech went on to reveal the secret behind his penalty save, admitting that he had studied his opponent and predicted what Boateng was planning.
He explained: "I have seen what strikers prefer to do in certain situations and I knew Boateng always watched the goalkeeper until the last moment.
"So I did not move and while I waited I knew he would have to decide and he decided the wrong way. I did not want to give him a chance because he is a clever player who watches the keeper.
"It was better to go later than earlier and that is what I did. It is mind games and whoever executes the moment better is the winner."
Cech was also pleased with an instinctive block from Frederic Piquionne in the first half.
He added: "I am very pleased with my performance because all I had to do was make those two saves and I did them at the right time.
"I had some criticism this season but I was always calm in my head. I knew what I was doing. I had some unlucky situations where I was always the one to blame.
"I was happy the way I played all season and Saturday was a special day."