Chelsea’s ordeal far from over – Cech hails dressing room spirit
Chelsea has to face a couple more challenges before their hectic schedule finally comes to its end. The London club had to experience a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Premier League champions Manchester City before a mid-week FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough which they won 2-0. This Saturday, Rafael Benitez and Co. played hosts to West Bromwich Albion in a match at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 1-0.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech admits his side is tired of the chaos from last week. Chelsea’s tiresome schedule is far from over. The Champions League winning side has to face Steaua Bucuresti in the Third Round of Europa League before a Sunday trip to Old Trafford for the quarterfinal tie against Manchester United.
“I have been here a long time and I have to say I have seen so many things that I don't get surprised anymore,” Petr Cech said. “I have the skill to adapt to anything. I concentrate on my personal job, the way I prepare, the way I play to do the best for the team. This is the way I am. I am a guy who adapts quickly.”
Petr Cech believes Chelsea has to find managerial stability if the club wants to find excellence. Chelsea’s interim manager Rafael Benitez was rejected by his home crowd once again, although the Spaniard grabbed a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Chants asking for Jose Mourinho’s return echoed through Stamford Bridge on Saturday, following Rafael Benitez’s scathing attack against the Chelsea board and the club’s supporters.
Rafael Benitez has had to adapt to politics at Chelsea. The Spaniard was one of the most hated figures inside Chelsea circles since his days at Liverpool, which is why Rafael Benitez has had to work very hard to gain the respect of players. Rafael Benitez got involved in an animated exchange with Chelsea captain John Terry at a training session before defeat to Manchester City last Monday.
The former Liverpool manager has offered an olive branch to John Terry following the bust-up and things appear to have returned to normal. Petr Cech believes it’s the “open mind everyone has in the dressing room” that has helped in resolving problems.
“We had a lot of success thanks to the honesty and open mind everyone has in the dressing room,” Petr Cech added. “Everybody should have a chance to express an opinion and if the players are not happy in our dressing room, it is not the case that we say 'unlucky mate, we will carry on, you pick yourself up'.
“If someone is not happy we try to help them to be happy again and to be at the top and be very good for the team. This is why, when we see something is going wrong, people have the right to express themselves and say 'we think this is wrong, we should improve that, we need to try to find a different solution'.
“Obviously, we have only one boss, that is the manager and it is up to him if he wants to listen to what the players say or find his own way to go through.”