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Petr Cech demands a ‘reaction’ from Chelsea stars after Manchester City and Juventus defeats


Petr Cech thinks that there is added pressure on the Southampton game (Picture: Getty)

Petr Cech has demanded a ‘reaction’ from Chelsea’s players ahead of their Premier League encounter against Southampton on Saturday, following back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Juventus.

Chelsea, who went seven games unbeaten in all competitions to start the season, now find themselves in a tricky run of form following the 1-0 losses to City in the Premier league at the weekend and the Old Lady in the Champions League on Wednesday.

After the defeat at the Allianz Stadium, boss Thomas Tuchel labelled his team ‘tired’, ‘slow’ and ‘not good enough’ with the Blues failing to score for the second match in a row.

Meanwhile, the former Chelsea goalkeeper, turned technical and performance advisor at Stamford Bridge, believes that the quick turnaround between the Juventus and Southampton games will work in the west London club’s favour.

‘This week we experienced two defeats which is something new for us, I have to say. It’s been a long time since the team had back-to-back defeats,’ Cech told Chelsea FC.

‘When you play for a big team, you always have this pressure on every result. The players are used to that pressure. It’s never nice to prepare for a game, do everything that’s needed and then the result is wrong. 

Thomas Tuchel said his team was ‘slow’ and ‘tired’ against Juventus (Picture: Getty)

‘We have a group of players and staff who are here to win, so every result which doesn’t go our way leaves a feeling you need to overcome. What’s needed is the team finds the right reaction to that.

‘It increases the importance of the weekend game because you want to bounce back, especially at home and in the league, where we are in a really good position.’

He added: ‘The one advantage you have is when there is a short period between games, you don’t have too much time to dwell on it. You just prepare and go again. That’s maybe one thing which is helpful.

‘In my career I saw it could affect some people more than others, but you just have to come in and concentrate on the preparation for the next game because you cannot change what happens in the past. You have to keep your mind positive and on the task.’

Chelsea host the Saints at 3pm on Saturday.


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