Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Sociedad

Tuesday, 12 August 2014, 19:45

Friendly Match

Last Game

Vitesse A 1 - 3 Chelsea

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 18:30

Friendly Match

Cech: Premier League the best

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes the Premier League is becoming more competitive and is not surprised by the congested nature of the table.

Last Updated: 25/11/13 at 17:27 Post Comment

Petr Cech: Chelsea keeper praises the strength of the Premier League

Petr Cech: Chelsea keeper praises the strength of the Premier League

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The top nine teams in the division are separated by just eight points after 12 games, with Chelsea sitting in third position, four points behind leaders Arsenal.

Cech feels the ability of most clubs to bring in high-profile signings has helped to narrow the gap between the top and bottom teams.

"At the start of the season I was saying that it would be very evenly contested at the top of the table," the Czech Republic international is quoted by Pravo.

"Look at the amount of money Premier League clubs have spent on new players. Those are unbelievable sums of money. It is not just the top clubs anymore. Now, all clubs have spent big.

"The Premier League is the best competition in the world and the top players want to be a part of it. They don't only go to the top clubs. Now, they go to all clubs.

"The league is getting more competitive because of that and even the bottom club has a very good team. There is a very small difference between the top sides and bottom sides.

"For instance, look at Sunderland. They had a bad start, were rock-bottom, but you look at how much quality they have in the squad. That's why any team can beat any other, and it's not that three or four teams would dominate the rest."

Reigning champions Manchester United have struggled for consistency since David Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson as manager, but Cech feels it was always going to take time for them to hit form.

He added: "If you are without a manager who was at the club for more than 25 years it is a huge change for everyone and it was clear that the new manager would need some time to put to his methods to use and for the players to get used to them."

Regarding the title race, Cech commented: "There are still a lot of games to be played.

"It will be important how the fixtures between the big clubs finish and then who drops the fewest points in games against the clubs which, on paper, are considered weaker."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

H

e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

london saint
Shaw: Criticism spot on

P

urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

bale doubt
Saints' Schneiderlin stalemate

Footer 365

MLS: Thierry Henry scores as New York seal draw with Real Salt Lake

New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry scored his side's equaliser as they secured a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.

Manuel Pellegrini says Stevan Jovetic could be a key player this season

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini thinks Stevan Jovetic is set for an excellent 2014/15 campaign.

Liverpool beat Manchester City after a Yankee Stadium penalty shoot-out

Liverpool beat Premier League rivals Manchester City on penalties after a 2-2 draw in a pre-season friendly in New York.

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property