Cech ready for run-in
Petr Cech has insisted Chelsea will not complain about their gruelling schedule for the rest of the season as they target two pieces of silverware.
Last Updated: 30/03/12 9:26am
Petr Cech has insisted Chelsea will not complain about their gruelling schedule for the rest of the season as they target fourth place in the Premier League and two pieces of silverware.
The Blues took control of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Benfica by winning 1-0 away from home in the first leg, while they also have a meeting with London rivals Tottenham to look forward to in the last four of the FA Cup.
Chelsea have eight remaining fixtures in the league and have a five-point deficit to make up on Tottenham if they are to clinch a spot in the top four, meaning it will be an exhausting period for the players with a crucial game every few days.
Cech insists he would not have it any other way, though, and is determined to enjoy a successful end to the campaign without making excuses.
"We have the chance to be in the semi-finals of the Champions League after putting ourselves in a good position against Benfica and we are still in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, so we are on the way for a possible two trophies," the goalkeeper told Sky Sports News.
"With our schedule it is not that easy because with the Champions League, FA Cup and the Euros at the back end of the season, there is not really time to move the games so everything comes thick and fast.
"But we put ourselves in this situation and we need to deal with it."
Only a player
If Chelsea can achieve all their goals for the rest of the season it would strengthen Roberto Di Matteo's case to be named manager on a permanent basis.
The Italian was placed in charge until the end of the season following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas in early March and has received glowing reviews for his work so far.
Cech says the players are fully behind Di Matteo but refused to be drawn into giving an opinion on whether he should be kept on beyond the summer.
"I can't comment on that because I am not on the board or the owner of the club. I am only a player," he said.
"As long as Roberto is here we will obviously do everything to make this happen and get the results as best we can, but it is the decision of the club and as always you have to accept it as a player."