Cech buoyed by Arsenal slump
Chelsea keeper Petr Cech admits he had been hoping that Arsenal would start dropping points.
By Vasek Kadlec
Last Updated: 17/03/08 6:17pm
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech admits he had been hoping that title rivals Arsenal would start dropping points.
Arsenal have ceded top spot in the Premier League to reigning champions Manchester United after four successive draws.
Cech's Chelsea could also move level with the Gunners on Wednesday night with victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
And, with Chelsea and Arsenal to meet at Stamford Bridge on Grand Slam Sunday this weekend, Cech is looking forward to the title run-in.
"With the season coming to its end, every game is now very important and every won point is golden," Cech told his official website.
"It is good that we have three (after Chelsea won 1-0 at Sunderland on Saturday).
Regarding Arsenal's recent slump, Cech added: "We have hoped for exactly such a situation - that we will be winning and our rivals will begin losing points."
Chelsea are also chasing glory in the UEFA Champions League, but Cech warned of the danger of underestimating quarter-final opponents Fenerbahce.
The Czech keeper added: "It is a similar situation like after the last 16 draw. As in the case of Olympiakos, we have been drawn against an acceptable opponent, who will be called outsiders, but we must not underestimate them as they definitely have their quality."
Cech believes avoiding an English club in the last eight carried little impact, with Chelsea meeting Arsenal or Liverpool in the semi-finals, if they overcome Fenerbahce.
"If we go through, we will meet an English club anyway, so it makes no difference," continued Cech.
"I think in that tie Arsenal will have it more difficult as they are in the title race in the league, whereas Liverpool are out of all competitions except the Champions League and a success there can save their season."