Arsenal’s Petr Cech Reveals Secret To Vital Saves

Petr CechPetr Cech says taking a calm assessment of dangerous situations is the key to making important saves.

The experienced goalkeeper has had a big impact at Arsenal since his summer move from London rivals Chelsea.

Cech was particularly pleased with his performance against Liverpool in August, when he made two fine saves to deny Christian Benteke and then Philippe Coutinho.

“[My favourite was] probably the first one against Benteke because Gabriel tried to intercept the ball when he ran across the goal, and until the last fraction of a second I didn’t know whether he was going to touch it or not,” Cech told Arsenal Player.

“I had to wait and I also knew that Benteke was already there. I thought, ‘OK I have to wait to see if he deflects it towards his own goal or whether it will go anywhere else’, and then I knew that I would have to go fast to the other side. I was lucky that I had perfect timing to get there.

“Taking information before the situation happens helps. I knew he was running there so I knew that the moment Gabriel missed the ball I had to get there as fast as possible.

“It’s the awareness that I had two options; to wait and then as soon as the ball went past him, knowing that I had to get there. I was ready for that so as soon as I saw that he would not touch the ball I had already gone.

“Maybe it’s a bit of experience, but I would say it’s taking the information prior to the situation. That was the key in this moment.”

Cech Hails Arsenal Team Spirit

CechPetr Cech believes that Arsenal’s “extraordinary” team spirit will drive them on to further success in the coming season.

The Czech Republic international joined the club in June and has been delighted with the reception he has received from his new team-mates.

Cech is confident that the camaraderie he experienced on tour with the club in Singapore can help the Gunners mount a sustained title challenge this term.

“What I’ve found is a group of players who work very hard and who are focused on what they are doing on the pitch to get ready,” the goalkeeper said.

“I found that the team spirit is extraordinary in the way that everybody pulls in the same direction. This is why I believe that we can have a successful season.

“We need to have that connection between players to reach the same targets. I’ve only been here a few days but I can feel that the team is together.

“We have a good balance in the team. We have players with a lot of experience and we have young players who want to prove their value by being a part of the first-team squad and playing as much as possible.

“There are hungry players, there are experienced players and in terms of the age category we have a good balance. We hope to use that to our advantage.”

Liverpool Step-up Bid For Cech

cech_1Liverpool FC has revealed its intentions to step-up bid for Chelsea FC’s Goalkeeper, Petr Cech, source said.

Petr Cech 32, who is arguably one of the world’s top 10 goalkeepers, could barely get a game this season, because Thibaut Courtois looks like he may well become Chelsea’s best goalkeeper.

Cech was Chelsea’s No.1 goalkeeper for 10 years and he is believed to want a move away from Stamford Bridge, after losing his place to Thibaut Courtois, who returned from a highly successful loan spell at Atletico Madrid.

As Courtois is just 22, Cech may face a long wait to get back his starting role at Stamford Bridge.

With that in mind, the first goalkeeper to end a competitive game unbeaten, at the new Wembley Stadium, could well leave the club this summer.

Source reported that Liverpool, Napoli and Roma were all considering bids for the Czech international.

Simon Mignolet has impressed between the sticks at Anfield since being dropped earlier this season, but coach Brendan Rodgers would surely love to add a goalkeeper of Cech’s experience and ability to his squad.

Liverpool would have to likely rival bids from the two Serie A sides, but Cech is settled in England and Liverpool are likely to offer a bigger deal, considering the new British TV rights deal kicking in next year.

Liverpool To Host “Show Racism the Red Card” Event

Liverpool FC Team poses with SRtRC
Liverpool FC Team poses with SRtRC

The Liverpool Football Club are proud to host this year’s national awards ceremony for Show Racism the Red Card’s (SRtRC) school competition.

SRtRC would take place on Tuesday April 28 at Anfield, is an anti-racism educational charity that utilises the high-profile status of football and its star players in order to help tackle racism in society.

The majority of the campaign’s output is the delivery of education to young people and adults in schools, workplaces and at events held in football stadiums.

Each year, they deliver training to more than 50,000 individuals across Britain, as well as organising the largest equalities-themed competition for schools in England.

Thousands of young people of all ages and abilities, enter by producing artwork, creative writing, film and music pieces with an anti-racism theme.

Anfield would join a long list of venues that have hosted the SRtRC ceremony over the years.

The Etihad Stadium, Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, St James’s Park, Wembley Stadium, Villa Park and the Emirates Stadium have also held the event.

SRtRC Deputy Chief Executive, Paul Kearns, said: “It’s brilliant news that Liverpool FC has agreed to host the awards ceremony.

“We’ll be working with the club to make this event a really special one for the winners of this year’s competition in England.

Mr Kearns showing his eagerness, said “I can’t wait to see the entries. it’s always great to see the work about racism that young people throughout the country have produced.

“I know that this will be a really exciting incentive for young people from all over the UK, but particularly Liverpool and Merseyside, to get their entries in to this year’s competition,” Paul added.

Man City Stops Iheanacho, Nwakali From Nigeria’s AYC Squad

IheanachoThe duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidiebere Nwakali might not be in the Flying Eagles squad for the 2015 African Youth Championship holding in Senegal in March.

The English Premier League champions, Manchester City made this known on Tuesday.

The Scouting and Recruitment Operations Manager at Manchester City FC, Fergal Harkin, in a mail to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, stated that the club would not be willing to release the players for different reasons.

Harkin stated that Iheanacho was injured while a loan move was being processed for Nwakali.

Part of the mail read, “With regards Kelechi Iheanacho, he is currently injured. We believe he will be fit around the middle of March but can keep in contract regarding his recovery.

“For Chidiebere Nwakali, we are currently in the process of agreeing his loan deal to Europe and he will not be available to meet up with the national team until further notice.

“At this moment in time, we feel it is best for his development that he cements his place in the club side.”

Kelechi Iheanacho won the Golden Ball at the 2013 U-17 World Cup and was one of the revelations of Manchester City’s summer pre-season after impressing and scoring against AC Milan.

The attacking midfielder has already been tipped as a future Super Eagles star despite his young age.

All overseas based players invited for the AYC tournament had been given till Thursday, January 15 to report at the U20s training camp in Kaduna.