Cech pleased with Di Matteo
Petr Cech thinks Roberto Di Matteo has made the perfect start to his time as Chelsea manager.
By Vasek Kadlec
Last Updated: 15/03/12 1:33pm
Petr Cech thinks Roberto Di Matteo has made the perfect start to his time as Chelsea manager after Wednesday's epic win over Napoli in the UEFA Champions League.
The former West Brom boss has been appointed on an interim basis until the end of the season at Stamford Bridge following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas earlier in March.
Di Matteo has begun with a 100 per cent record after knocking Birmingham out of the FA Cup and defeating Stoke in the Premier League prior to the famous win over Napoli.
And Cech hopes there is more to come as Chelsea await Friday's Champions League quarter-final draw and attempt to finish in at least the top four of their domestic campaign.
The goalkeeper said on his official website: "It's an ideal start for coaching and we will all be glad if the series goes on for a long time yet."
Chelsea on Sunday host Leicester in the FA Cup quarter-finals and face a tough examination of their post-Villas-Boas rejuvenation when they travel to Premier League title contenders Manchester City next Wednesday.
Top-four rivals Tottenham then visit Stamford Bridge on the following weekend in a gruelling run of fixtures, but Cech is keen to look at the positives and has not given up on third place in the league.
"You can see that everything happens fast in football," he said. "At first, all had looked bad, but now it's back good.
"We beat Birmingham in the FA Cup, Stoke in the league and now we've beaten Napoli. But we need to carry on like this.
"On Sunday, we meet Leicester City in the FA Cup and we need to fight to get into the semi-finals.
"In the following week, we are playing two extremely difficult and extremely important matches in the league. If we succeed in those, they could get us into third spot."
Chelsea captain John Terry was one of the heroes of the win over Napoli and he scored the second goal on the night to help secure a 4-1 victory and 5-4 aggregate success after extra time.
The England international had to be replaced by Jose Bosingwa in the 98th minute due to an apparent injury, but Cech, who made several important saves against the Serie A club, was pleased with the centre-back's performance.
"It was great he could play for so long," the goalkeeper said of Terry.
"Fortunately we have a lot of options in the defensive line and we sorted that out by Bosingwa moving to right-back and (Branislav) Ivanovic moving to centre-back."