CECH: We cannot afford to drop many more points in the Premier League.

Hello everyone I am back posting on my blog this morning after a quiet day or so due to work commitments and first up this morning I am con...

Hello everyone I am back posting on my blog this morning after a quiet day or so due to work commitments and first up this morning I am concentrating on Petr Cech's recent interview after our recent poor run of results against QPR, Arsenal and Genk.

He was asked about our run of form and conceding sloppy goals. He was also asked about the fact that we haven't kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since the first game of the season at Stoke. He responded by saying:
"At the moment we are getting punished almost every time we make a mistake — and we have been making too many mistakes. If you keep giving good opportunities to the opposition then, of course, they will score goals.

We keep coming back to the same problem. We are creating chances but we're not killing the game off and it comes back and explodes in our face. It is frustrating for everyone because we're going through a period where we are playing well and having a lot of possession, but it's just not happening for us. That is difficult to accept. The sooner we are over this period, the better because we cannot afford to drop many more points in the Premier League.

Obviously there is still a long way to go, but Manchester City have made a brilliant start and we cannot allow them to have too much of an advantage. That's what happened to us last year when Manchester United opened up a big lead and although we managed to close things later in the season we could never quite catch them.

We have to start cutting back that advantage and put the leaders under more pressure, so the game at Blackburn on Saturday could be a turning point for us.

We have had two results that we didn't wish for — a 5-3 defeat by Arsenal and then a 1-1 draw in the Champions League in Genk. But the best way to forget about this is to start winning games again.

We are making too many mistakes in terms of team defending and individually. There is a point where if you give good opportunities to your opponents, they will score goals. We have been unlucky, too, on many occasions, but that's the way it is and we have to fight against it.

Just over a week ago, everything was fine. We had a really unlucky game against QPR — we could have won the game with nine men. We got a great result away at Everton and nobody would believe that, eight days later, some people are saying there is something wrong. I don't think there is. It is just a period of the year which can happen and as soon as we get over it, it will be better."
He's right isn't he. Cech has seen it all before with Chelsea, brilliant at one moment and then frustrating the other. If you have been a Chelsea fan for as long as I have (over 30 years) you would have got used to the fact that while we have been playing well and winning games, all of a sudden it can turn and go the other way.

I think Cech also needs to take some responsibility for some of the goals though after being beaten at his near post THREE TIMES against Arsenal last week as I pointed out.

I have to say as soon as the final whistle blew on Saturday I thought to myself for the first time that we wouldn't be winning the league this season because of the fact we are unable to keep clean sheets.

If we can turn it round defensively, then maybe if we can put the chances away we are creating, it will change and we can close the gap on City.

Let's hope Cech and our defence have a much better game this afternoon!


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