By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The scandals that plagued Roberto Mancini's side were a running side-story in the Premier League last season. Former club captain Carlos Tevez infamously jetted off to Argentina on an impromptu protest-cum-holiday after he felt mistreated by the Italian coach and then temperamental striker Mario Balotelli became a thorn in the side for his team-mates with his lack of a team ethic towards the close of the season.
On top of that was the spate of transfer rumours surrounding departures and arrivals at Eastlands.
Cech, for one, hopes that this facet of the current Premier League champions will be a weakness that could lead to their undoing in the upcoming campaign.
The goalkeeper had to endure a similar season of discontent at Chelsea as reports of player mutinies and former manager Andre Villas-Boas' heavy-handed approach towards ushering in a new generation of players had made it difficult for the Blues to stay out of the headlines for non-footballing reasons.
But a semblance of stability was achieved with new manager Roberto di Matteo, allowing the Blues to finish the season with the FA Cup and the Champions League trophy.
With the signings of Marko Marin and Eden Hazard as well as the reported capture of Internacional star Oscar, Cech could very well be one of the senior figures in a new-look Chelsea team that will hope to finally get back to challenging for the title.
And the custodian, who will be playing in his ninth season in the Premier League, has started off the mind games early as he told Sky Sport News: "It is in their [Manchester City's] hands how they manage to solve the problem of the huge players in the same squad so it is up to them.
"If they manage to get all those egos under their belt and control everybody then they will be the biggest rivals to win the title, together with Manchester United."
He is also confident that Chelsea will fare much better in the new season against the traditional powerhouses of the league than they did last term.
The west London outfit only managed two victories in matches against the sides that ended the season above them in the final reckoning, a list that included City, United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle.
"You try to compete with everybody, no matter what squad they have. We have beaten them, we can do it again," he valiantly predicted.
Chelsea will play Manchester City in the Community Shield on August 12 and begin their Barclays Premier League campaign against Wigan on August 19.