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Schwarzer: Plenty to play for

Mark Schwarzer says he is determined to take his unexpected opportunity at Chelsea following his shock summer move from neighbours Fulham.

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Schwarzer to compete with Cech for Chelsea No 1 spot

Schwarzer to compete with Cech for Chelsea No 1 spot

The 40-year-old Australia goalkeeper became Jose Mourinho's third summer signing, three years after a move to Arsenal failed to materialise.

Schwarzer, who has spent 15 years in England with Bradford, Middlesbrough and the Cottagers, said: "When I moved to Fulham, I thought that was it and then the Arsenal thing popped up so after that experience I said 'Never say never'.

"It's proven to be true. I still say 'Never say never'. It's not over until it's over."

Schwarzer will be 41 in October, but has the 2014 World Cup in his sights and believes he is playing as well as ever.

"I am 40 years old but I feel incredibly well and I am holding my own, no problems whatsoever," he added.

"I feel incredibly fit and I love playing football. As long as I am playing well enough at this level I will continue to play.

"The aim is to continue to get better; I don't want to stop getting better. If you stop getting better then it is a downward slippery slope."

Schwarzer became aware of Chelsea's interest towards the end of last season before signing a one-year deal earlier this month after speaking to Mourinho.

The veteran will compete with Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech for the No 1 jersey, but will likely begin the season as second choice.

Nevertheless, he is determined not to spend the campaign sitting on the substitutes' bench.

"Before I spoke to the manager I had some doubts, but once I spoke to the manager those doubts disappeared pretty quickly," Schwarzer said.

"The amount of games Chelsea play there is going to be opportunities to play games and that's also important for me."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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