Cech backs Blues to progress
Petr Cech is confident Chelsea will progress to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League despite their 3-1 deficit against Napoli.
By Vasek Kadlec
Last Updated: 13/03/12 8:02pm
Goalkeeper Petr Cech is confident that Chelsea will make it through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League despite needing to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Napoli.
The Czech shot-stopper believes the Blues are showing signs of turning their recent poor form around after two consecutive victories and two clean sheets under caretaker manager Roberto di Matteo.
But Cech feels Chelsea, who are the only remaining Premier League club left in the competition, can score the two goals required to take them through.
"To win 2-0 is not impossible," Cech said on his official website.
"This is going to be a small final for us. The cards are given. We are two goals behind and have to try to erase the deficit as soon as possible.
"We know that the 2-0 scoreline sees us through and if we concede we will have to score at least three to get it at least into extra-time.
"It is obvious that Napoli have a better starting position. Our aim is clear - to score the opening goal as early as possible and chase the win right from the kick-off.
"They are surely going to be defensive and rely on counter attacking, which suits them best."
The 29-year-old insists very little has changed at Stamford Bridge after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as head coach after just nine months in charge.
"We were under pressure and managed to get back going. Our mood has been good and I believe it will show against Napoli," said Cech.
"Everyone knows what is at stake. We would surely like to keep the English flag flying in this competition.
"The only new thing is that we are having our pre-match training at Stamford Bridge.
"Up till now we had been always preparing for our Champions League games in our training centre in Cobham but the new manager decided to change that."