Wembley

Next Game

Chelsea v Tottenham

Sunday, 01 March 2015, 16:00

Capital One Cup Final

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 1 - 1 Burnley

Saturday, 21 February 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Mourinho: Cech still my No 1

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes new goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer will provide the perfect back-up to Stamford Bridge No.1 Petr Cech.

Last Updated: 12/07/13 at 12:07 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Still sees Petr Cech as his No.1 despite arrival of Mark Schwarze

Jose Mourinho: Still sees Petr Cech as his No.1 despite arrival of Mark Schwarze

The veteran Australian left Fulham at the end of the season and was brought in to bolster the Europa League winners' squad on a one-year deal ahead of the coming season.

Mourinho wants the former Middlesbrough man to provide competition to keep Cech on top of his game, but has no doubts who his first choice shot-stopper will be.

The Portuguese coach said: "Mark is what we need. I always thought, even when I was not at Chelsea, that we have we have the best keeper in the world in Petr.

"But we need competition for him, motivation for him, security and I think Schwarzer is perfect for that.

"He has experience, has spent his whole career in the Premier League, so it's his national habitat. Getting Mark on a free transfer, we have the goalkeeper to complete our set of goalkeepers."

Meanwhile, Cech does not expect the change in managers at three of the Premier League's top clubs to have an impact on the title race, with Manchester United and Manchester City also having new men at the helm in the shape of David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini.

Cech said: "We would like to do as best as we can and we will work hard to achieve our goals, but it's very hard to see who will be the biggest force before the season starts.

"All the teams you have spoken about have great squads, they have kept those players together and improved by buying some players.

"Even if they have new managers, they have the same players. They will have new motivation under a new manager, so it will be difficult."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

I

believe this is because for sepp Christmas is a 7 day feast finishing on the 25th

hiya
Blatter calls for early final

F

alcao really needs to shine now. Apparently according to the stats, he scores more when played up front alone. I wonder if Van Gaal will actually apply a formation to get the best out of him though.

anthracyte
Van Persie lay-off expected

Footer 365

Mark Hughes angered by officials in Stoke win over Hull

Mark Hughes was pleased with Stoke's 1-0 win over Hull but angered after the officials missed a challenge on Stephen Ireland.

Sean Dyche downbeat after Burnley lose to Swansea defeat at Turf Moor

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his side must start turning performances into wins after losing 1-0 to Swansea at Turf Moor.

Jonas Gutierrez wants top-10 finish for Newcastle after return

Jonas Gutierrez has targeted a top-10 finish with Newcastle after returning to the squad for the win against Aston Villa.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company