Best in the business?
Petr Cech has been earning rave reviews for his performances this season. Here, we use Opta statistics to look at the displays of the Chelsea goalkeeper and compare him to his rivals
By Peter Fraser - Follow me on Twitter @SkySportsPeteF
Last Updated: 03/10/12 5:17pm
A goalkeeper is arguably the most important player in a team. Their performance can win and lose games to mean they face a unique pressure to their team-mates.
Chelsea shot-stopper Petr Cech is perhaps one of the best examples and, since moving to Stamford Bridge from Rennes in 2004, he has honed a reputation among the finest in the world.
Following his arrival in England, the Czech Republic international has played a key role in winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and one UEFA Champions League. Not bad for an investment of £7million which now looks a bargain.
He has moved on from a rare mistake at Euro 2012 to produce a series of accomplished performances for Chelsea at the start of the new season.
Cech's concentration is one of his key strengths and he proved again on Tuesday night why he is so highly regarded with a faultless display in the 4-0 win over Nordsjaelland in Europe.
Despite being a spectator for the majority, the 30-year-old, who could still have another 10 years at the top level, saved all three shots he faced, completed every required catch and made no errors in his kicking distribution.
|Petr Cech v FC Nordsjaelland|
|Minutes On Pitch||90|
|Saves from Inside Box||1|
|Saves from Outside Box||2|
|Saves to Shots ratio||100%|
|Catch Success Rate %||100%|
|Long Kicking Distribution||6|
|Kicking Success Rate %||100%|
Legendary former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel was full of praise for Cech and Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo also acknowledged the performance of his first-choice custodian.
Cech's reliability is probably his greatest strength and he has gone a little unnoticed among Chelsea's positive start to the season.
With the defending kings of Europe sitting at the top of the Premier League and at the summit of Champions League Group E, it has been the star names of the likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres who have been gaining the most praise.
But the statistics demonstrate Cech has been playing a vital role and surpassing his goalkeeping rivals in England.
So far this season in the Premier League, he has gone an average 180 minutes between conceding goals, which is more than double Manchester City's Joe Hart and Tottenham Hotspurs' Brad Friedel.
Cech also has an 86 per cent success rate in facing shots, which eclipses by 30% the record of Hart.
It is only in his kicking distribution where Cech needs to improve. But combine this with errorless catching and four clean sheets and it is easy to see why he could be key in helping Chelsea win more trophies both at home and abroad this season.
|Premier League 2012/13|
|Player||Petr Cech||Jussi Jaaskelainen||Simon Mignolet||Joe Hart||Brad Friedel|
|Team||Chelsea||West Ham United||Sunderland||Manchester City||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Minutes On Pitch||540||540||450||540||540|
|Minutes per Goal Conceded||180||108||113||68||68|
|Saves per game||3||4.7||3.6||1.7||2.5|
|Saves from Inside Box||12||19||11||3||9|
|Saves from Outside Box||6||9||7||7||6|
|Saves to Shots ratio||86%||85%||82%||56%||65%|
|Catch Success Rate %||100%||100%||100%||100%||100%|
|Long Kicking Distribution||52||48||68||47||51|
|Kicking Success Rate %||42%||48%||60%||70%||53%|