Petr Cech felt we let control of the game slip against Liverpool, and should have had it sewn up prior to their equaliser.
John Terry, later injured, headed us in front in the 20th minute, and we had numerous chances to double the advantage before Luis Suarez nodded the visitors level with 18 minutes to go, and it took Cech to deny the Uruguayan when one on one, and a late stop from Jose Enrique, to preserve a point for the Blues.
‘It was exactly the game which shows how difficult the Premier League is when you don’t kill a game off,’ said Cech afterwards. ‘We had complete control for 70 minutes and had so many chances you would think it is just a matter of time until we score a second or third, but unfortunately we didn’t and allowed them to be alive, and then they came back into the game.
‘The goal helped them and it opened the game, and in the end they could have won but we should have won the game.’
On his stop from Suarez, who had beaten the offside trap before being stopped with a saving tackle from the goalkeeper on the edge of the area, Cech said: ‘He would have scored if he managed to get round me but I guessed well the side he wanted to go, I wanted to make the task as hard as possible, and I stuck my leg there and managed to get the ball off him.
‘It was a matter of timing, if I was late I would have been sent off or he would have scored, but my decision was clear and I was sure I could get there. I had a good starting position.
‘As a goalkeeper every second counts, my concentration is for 90, or 95 minutes, and it pays off. I’m glad I managed to make the intervention at the right moment.’
The draw leaves us three points adrift of league leaders Manchester United, and one behind City, both who recorded wins at the weekend. The goalkeeper, who will not join up with his Czech Republic international team-mates in midweek, believes it is now a three-horse race, and our meeting with City in a fortnight will be a huge test.
‘It looks like that,’ he said. ‘We had a very good start. Manchester United started with a defeat but are now top and City had a very good victory because losing 1-0 you think Tottenham might get something out of the game but they managed to win and now have the advantage over us. It’s early days and we still have to play them in two weeks, which will be a big game for both teams.
‘I think we have what it takes to win trophies and challenge the best teams in Europe and the Premier League but you have to win your games. We are still getting experience and I believe we will improve every game. We’ve hit a difficult two or three games where we didn’t win and this isn’t what we wanted but you can see we are progressing as a team.’