Petr Cech Set to Return to Chelsea
Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is set to make a sensational return to the pitch for Chelsea as he is set to play for the development squad against Tottenham in a Premier League 2 fixture on Monday.
Petr Cech is Chelsea’s technical and performance director after he retired from professional football with Arsenal. He has not played competitively since the Europa League final in May 2019 which he lost to his former side Chelsea.
But he has been keeping fit and training with Frank Lampard’s squad after he was registered as emergency cover in their Premier League squad list in October.
According to the Athletic, after hanging up his boots, Petr Cech kept active by partaking in another passion of his in ice hockey, but he is now back in the picture at Cobham and is set to put on his gloves once again.
Cech’s surprise return has become the result of several factors at Chelsea that speak for the manic nature of football in the current climate.
Lucas Bergstrom, the side’s regular goalkeeper, played for the Under-18 side on Saturday and they do not want him playing two matches in three days.
Croatian goalkeeper Karlo Ziger would usually be the next choice, but he is currently part of the first-team bubble and they would rather he remain with Frank Lampard’s team rather than go through the hassle of covid-19 testing before re-joining the first team.
Whilst Cech is also part of the bubble, Zigar is viewed as higher up the ranks than Cech, therefore they are more willing to sacrifice the Champions League winner for the Premier League 2 match.
Cech is part of Lampard’s squad, club insiders revealed that he has never been selected for training games ahead of established first-team goalkeepers Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.