Cech's title hopes fading fast
Petr Cech admits Chelsea's hopes of defending the Premier League title have faded after a 0-0 draw at Fulham.
Last Updated: 14/02/11 11:05pm
Petr Cech admits that Chelsea's hopes of defending the Premier League title have faded further following their 0-0 draw with West London derby rivals Fulham.
Carlo Ancelotti's side failed to score for a second consecutive match after suffering defeat to Liverpool earlier in February and they now trail leaders Manchester United by 12 points, as £50million man Fernando Torres again misfired.
Cech was forced into heroics to ensure Chelsea's night did not get any worse when he saved an injury-time penalty from Fulham's Clint Dempsey and the goalkeeper insists he and his club will not give up in the pursuit of United.
But the Czech Republic international also confesses that it looks bleak with regards to Chelsea retaining the Premier League trophy that they won last season.
He told Sky Sports HD1: "For the title, this point is too little.
"Mathematically it is not over, but obviously we are quite far (off) now because they (Chelsea's rivals) won their games and we dropped another two points.
"But there is still a long way to go and we are going to fight to the end."
Cech also said: "In the end we are happy to go with the point because when you concede a penalty in the last minute then everything can happen.
"But I think it was a good performance. It was very solid. It was just a pity that in the final third we missed a little bit to score a goal."
David Luiz gave away the late penalty by fouling Dempsey, but the £21million January signing from Benfica otherwise had an excellent match on his full debut.
Cech said of his new team-mate: "He was impressive when he came in against Liverpool and today for the full 90 minutes you can see why we paid so much money. He is a great defender."