Checking With Cech: Is Chelsea's No.1 Goalkeeper Up to the Task?
Chelsea were looking good to cruise, well not cruise but have a good lead, over its rivals in the hunt for the Premier League title. There were a few blips in the earlier games and Manchester United were closing in, but Chelsea looked well set at the top of the table.
With the ANC looming closer, it was imperative for Chelsea to gather as many wins as possible until the return of their mighty African players. The mission, however, suffered multiple setbacks.
Chelsea faced an out of form Manchester City who, despite strengthening well this year, still seemed to lack the desire to fight. Chelsea, however, was thoroughly matched and was lucky to get a goal, courtesy of Addebayor, who leveled the score for City.
City won the match thanks to a howler by Peter Cech in judging Tevez's freekick. It was a howler that cost Chelsea a point. The focus of that match was how Peter Cech was uncomfortable in the back and how Lampard missed the penalty.
Then came the draw with Apoel, but nobody can blame Ross Turnbull as the entire defense were looking shaky.
The next match featured a troubled Everton team looking to rebound. It seemed like a perfect match for Chelsea to get back on track and extend their lead. Sadly, 3-3 was the end result, and it was a draw for Chelsea against a team that was not at their best.
Again, it was the leaky defense with Cech at the center that allowed for three goals to be put in: two goals from free kicks, and one from a throw. The old Cech would have dealt with them much better. The Cech should have dealt with them better. Would'a, Shoud'a, Could'a—but the end result was nada! Chelsea once again looked vulnerable from set pieces.
Cech's confidence seems to be diminishing with every game and with many important matches coming and Cech seemingly going into a sudden downward spiral, one must wonder if his inconsistency might cost Chelsea dearly.
Another year without a trophy will look really bad for Chelsea, especially with so many high hopes and in a year when their rivals are self-involved with their own inefficiencies. The other stand-in keepers are Ross Turnbull and Hillario, and both of which are not really up to the task for big matches.
Should Chelsea consider going for another keeper in the January transfer window or will Cech be able to turn around before it is too late for Chelsea?
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