Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refused to take credit in the success story of the retiring strike Petr Cech, although he is the first one who gave the big break to the goalkeeper during his time with the Blues way back in 2004. The current Arsenal goalkeeper recently announced that he will opt for his retirement at the end of this season and Jose Mourinho pays tribute to his brilliant career.
Petr Cech played most of his career for Chelsea and appeared in more than 300 matches for the Blues jersey before he took his transfer to the Gunners’ squad in 2015. Recently-sacked Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, is the first one who gave the Czech goalie his first big break to stand beneath the crossbar of Chelsea.
Petr Cech announced his retirement
Despite giving him the first break, the Portuguese manager
remained humble when the media asked him about his contribution to the stellar
career of the Arsenal goalkeeper. While talking about Petr Cech, former Chelsea
manager Jose Mourinho told beIN Sports “When I arrived in Chelsea, he was
a kid, only 20 years old.”
He said “The goalkeeper was Carlo Cudicini – the season before he was elected the player of the season – and the first game of the season was Chelsea against Manchester United and I decided to leave out our player of the season before, and play a kid that nobody would know how to even say his name because Petr Cech was quite difficult to say,” and added “After that everything was about him. My influence was zero.”
Petr Cech shared his Premier League experience
Mourinho praised Petr Cech while saying he is a “Fantastic professional and goalkeeper with
He said “He had already played for Guingamp, Marseille, Le
Mans, so when I took him to Chelsea I remember clearly Abramovich was asking
me, ‘Who? Who do you want as a striker?’,” and added “With all the big
names in Europe at that time I said Drogba. ‘Who is he? Where’s he playing?’ (I
said) ‘Mr Abramovich – pay. Pay, and don’t speak.’”