Cech: Blues need to be more clinical

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes the key to Chelsea's title charge this season will be in the amount of goals they manage to score.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff


Chelsea lost valuable points and slipped to third in the Premier League after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Liverpool on Sunday.

This was the third consecutive league game in which the European champions failed to pick up maximum points after having taken the lead, and Cech believes that the Blues' inability to finish teams off will have an adverse effect on their title aspirations.

"Every single point matters when you want to win the league and even goal difference can be decisive," Cech was quoted as saying by The Sun.

"It is looking like the title race is going to be between three teams this season and we have lost valuable points in our last three games against United, Swansea and now Liverpool."

The Czech Republic international, who has conceded in eight consecutive games for Chelsea, admits he needs to be able to ensure more clean sheets as well but hopes the Blues' wealth of attacking talents can make up for the team's defensive fragilities.

"Sometimes I would like more clean sheets but the most important thing is to win so, even if it finishes 5-4, I can live with it," Cech added.

"Winning 5-4 is better than drawing 0-0 but if you don't keep clean sheets you always have to score more than one.

"The Liverpool game would have been three points if we'd kept a clean sheet but it wasn't about the goal we conceded. It was the number of chances we missed.

"We killed ourselves by not scoring again. We need to have more concentration at both ends of the pitch."

In-form Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was amongst the goalscorers on Sunday and could have even won the game for the Reds when he found himself in an one-on-one situation with Cech late in the game but the 30-year-old custodian managed to deny the striker his second goal.

Given how Suarez has been dogged by accusations of being a diver, Cech was quick to jump to the Liverpool striker's defence and praised him for not resorting to simulation when he was in the one-on-one situation.


"We should give Suarez credit because when we had a one- versus-one, he didn't try to cheat and jump or dive, and that was a fair thing for him to do," Cech declared.

"We all know how dangerous he is in the box. He's a natural goalscorer, always in the right place to tap the ball in. It's a gift not everyone has.

"He is on fire this season in terms of scoring goals and, unfortunately, he had the chance to keep that run going on Sunday."

Chelsea will travel to the Hawthorns to take on high-flying West Brom in their next league fixture with Cech expected to take the captain's armband in the absence of the injured John Terry.

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