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Michael Essien reacts to Petr Cech’s inclusion in Chelsea Premier League squad

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Michael Essien reacts to Petr Cech’s inclusion in Chelsea Premier League squad


Cech and Essien teamed up at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Michael Essien believes his former team-mate Petr Cech ‘can still play’ after he was included in Chelsea’s Premier League squad.

Cech, 38, had retired from top-level football after leaving Arsenal in 2019 and had taken up a role behind the scenes as a technical and performance adviser at Chelsea.

It came as a great surprise when the former Czech Republic international was included in the squad list alongside fellow ‘keepers Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.

While it’s unlikely Blues boss Frank Lampard will throw Cech – who won four Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League as a Chelsea player – into action this season, Essien thinks his presence on the training ground is only good news for the current crop of Chelsea goalkeepers.

‘It is good, Petr can still play,’ Essien told Goal. ‘Goalkeepers can go longer than outfield players; it is good for him.

‘Pete is a very lovely guy and it is great to have him around and it will be great for the Chelsea goalkeepers.

Cech is working with Chelsea’s goalkeepers (Picture: Getty)

‘I always used to say that he thought he was smarter than he is! I am joking, he is very smart, speaks a lot of languages, plays his drums and in my time he was one of the leaders who spoke up to make things better for the squad.

‘I always used to say that he thought he was smarter than he is! I am joking, he is very smart, speaks a lot of languages, plays his drums and in my time he was one of the leaders who spoke up to make things better for the squad.

‘I am happy for him to be back at the club in a very important role. I think he is doing well so far and I wish him all the best.’

Lampard admitted it’s unlikely he will call upon his former team-mate, but echoed Essien’s view that his experience will rub off on the other goalkeepers.

‘Yeah Pete’s been training with the goalkeepers for a little while,’ said Lampard last week.

‘He spends a lot of days with them, which is invaluable for his experience, helps us in training, helps me to know that he’s passing on that quality and experience to the goalkeepers.

‘We had a spare space in the squad, we know this year is like no other because of Covid and what it might do to selection and isolation through the year. 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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