Cech wants to fly the flag
Petr Cech believes the added motivation of becoming the last remaining British club in the Champions League can inspire Chelsea.
By Vasek Kadlec
Last Updated: 20/02/12 5:52pm
Petr Cech believes the added motivation of becoming the last remaining British club in the UEFA Champions League can inspire Chelsea out of their slump.
Andre Villas-Boas is under huge pressure following a five-game winless run in the Premier League and FA Cup ahead of Tuesday's European last 16 first-leg against Napoli.
Chelsea will visit Italy hoping for better fortune than London rivals Arsenal, who last week were hammered 4-0 at AC Milan to leave Arsene Wenger's club in need of a miracle.
And Cech thinks the added incentive of flying the flag for Britain in the last 16 of the Champions League is a perfect carrot.
"Napoli have been doing well, scoring goals," the goalkeeper told his official website. "Most recently they beat Fiorentina 3-0 away from home. They are in good spirits and confident.
"To the contrary, we are in a spell of time in which we have been struggling and that makes this match even more difficult.
"But we have a very experienced team and we will enter the match knowing we can turn things around.
"Moreover, we are basically the last English team that can go through in the Champions League and that should give us some extra motivation.
"Arsenal will have it hard to overturn the result from Milan."