Petr Cech explains suffering Tottenham howler on return to action for Chelsea

Petr Cech has spoken out on his performance for Chelsea as he returned to the pitch for the first time in 19 months.

Cech played for Blues in a Premier League 2 clash with Tottenham on Monday evening, though did not get off to a great start.

Chelsea were 2-0 down inside 20 minutes with former Arsenal goalkeeper Cech looking understandably rusty.

The Czech improved as the game continued with Chelsea turning the game around and eventually winning 3-2.

And the 38-year-old, whose last game had come against Chelsea with Arsenal in the 2019 Europa League final, admitted it took him time to adjust.

Alongside some pictures of himself in action, Cech wrote on social media: “565 days after what I thought was my last game in professional football I had the opportunity to be back on the pitch…

“It felt so strange for the first 20 minutes as my ‘match system’ I used to have while playing regularly was missing but as the game went on the feeling returned, ‘match system’ reappeared and it was great to have that special feeling again….

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“Well done to my teammates for turning the game round! It was great to get the win and 3 important points to go top of the league!”

Cech has been included in Frank Lampard’s first-team squad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Blues boss had said: “Pete’s been training with the goalkeepers for a little while now.

“We know this year looks like no other because of Covid and what it might do to selection with isolation, so it was a very easy one, Pete still does his day job but he’s there, if we need him.

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“He’s very fit, he is still relatively young and finished playing possibly when he could have carried on playing. He trains fairly regularly and he’s fit, whether we’ll see him much this season… I’m not sure.

“I certainly felt it was a no-brainer to have Pete in the squad. When he’s in such good form it can only help the goalkeepers we have to see one of the world’s best in recent years in the modern era amongst us.”

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