In the last few days Petr Cech not only expressed his frustation on how goalkeepers are selected to play games in different competition at Arsenal, but also he revealed this process was better when he played for Chelsea.
“At Chelsea we never decided which competition you play, it was a game by game process.” Cech said as a guest on BBC’s Match of the Day. “If you kept playing well then you were fit and you didn’t need rest then the manager had his choice to pick the goalkeeper for the competitions. Sometimes I would sit a game out or be on the bench but it would not be decided, ‘You play this competition, you play this competition’. I enjoyed that because I love this competition for example, to be involved and play FA Cup games. Any other competition makes it a bit more spicy and special”.
At Arsenal and with Arsene Wenger, things, however, are different: “I had known prior to the season that David would play the FA Cup games. Obviously I would love to play the competition as well but you have to respect the manager’s decisions.” Cech went on. “I ended up playing the quarter-final and semi-final [last season], but then I didn’t play the final so I had some part in the process. It’s about respecting your colleague and your coach’s decision. Obviously you can tell you would prefer the other way but it’s the decision of the coach.”