Having conceded three goals for only the third time this season, Petr Cech discussed the deficit at the midway point in Chelsea’s quarter-final tie against Paris St-Germain.
Our goalkeeper played his 100th European game for Chelsea in the first leg and with such experience, especially in two-legged ties, he is by no means writing off our chances of making another semi-final, although there were problems against the French champions in the Parc des Princes which must not be repeated in next week’s re-match.
‘We had a bad start but once we got the 1-1 goal we had the much better of the game,’ said Cech. ‘We played in their half and we were dangerous.
‘They had a few moments when they were pressuring us but not many, and there were not many big problems but every time they did manage to get forward they were dangerous, and unfortunately they managed to score goals and that made a big difference.’
Cech considered the goals conceded and whether we were architects of our own downfall to a degree with some avoidable errors.
‘Sometimes that is the way it is,’ he said. ‘You need to control every detail and we were a bit unlucky. The second goal goes through about 15 people and nobody touches it and then it hits David Luiz and goes in, and it was one of those games, but the most disappointing was the last goal because we were all there, ready, and Pastore managed to go through from there and managed to squeeze it through me as well.’
As the first-leg final whistle blew in Paris, many Chelsea followers were recalling and drawing hope from the 2012 tie against Napoli when a 3-1 deficit going into the second game was overturned at Stamford Bridge. Cech was in goal that night too, and he is looking forward to what promises to be a determined attempt to repeat the feat.
‘Win 2-0 and you are through so you have to make sure you don’t concede at home and take all your chances to score goals and then you can progress,’ he said.
‘We have put ourselves in a difficult position but while everything is still possible we cannot say the tie is done. It is not 6-0 or 4-1 or 5-1. A 2-0 is possible to win the game at home and it is up to us.’
–A clip of Petr Cech talking to Chelsea TV after the game can be viewed above (subject to registration) with the full interview available now via the channel’s online access.