Lampard gives reasons why he added Cech to his squad

Tanya Simon
October 22, 2020

Cech retired in 2019, having spent four seasons with Arsenal following his departure from Chelsea in 2015.

"Petr Cech has been included in the squad as emergency goalkeeper cover", Chelsea confirmed in a statement.

Chelsea submitted their 25-man Premier League squad yesterday, and the London club threw in a shocking name - Petr Cech. The Czech goalkeeper, who is considered a club legend at Stamford Bridge, returns from retirement to provide emergency cover, in between the sticks.

'This is a precautionary step due to the unprecedented conditions now caused by the Covid-19 crisis, ' the statement explained.

"Pete's been training with the keepers for a little while". "He is training a lot of days with them which is invaluable for experience".

It is highly unlikely that Cech will play for Chelsea again, given there are essentially three first-team goalkeepers ahead of him, but the club had a space in their 25-man squad and decided the former Czech Republic global should take it.

"We had a space in the squad".

Petr Cech included in Chelsea's Premier League squad (no, really)

Chelsea's futility in the defensive department over the past 12 months have already been well documented, especially with the goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga emerging as a liability, after joining from Athletic Bilbao in a big-money transfer during the summer of 2018. "Pete still does his day job and he is there if we need him", Lampard added.

Mendy was impressive in his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace, notably keeping a clean sheet.

"It is definitely due to the pandemic because we could see players testing positive must be isolated".

"The manager, Frank Lampard, decides on who gets nominated and who does not".

"In terms of the goals conceded, yes I am aware of the stats and the other stat is that since I've been here we've conceded the second least shots in the Premier League I think behind Manchester City", said Lampard.

All this considered, you can see why we - and pretty much everyone else, for that matter - might have thought Chelsea had made some kind of error when posting their Premier League squad on Tuesday.

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