In a big surprise, Chelsea included in its Premier League list of 25 players the name of legendary goalkeeper Peter Cech, who is currently the club’s technical advisor, as a fourth goalkeeper in anticipation of an injury to one of the guards in the team, despite his retirement from football in the year The 38-year-old joined Chelseas coaching staff last year as a technical advisor and performed after his retirement, and has been training with the Blues in recent months.
Cech is the fourth goalkeeper on Chelseas list, joining Kepa Arizabalaga, Edward Mendy and Willie Caballero, and the club tried to downplay the inclusion of Cech, saying that the move was “precautionary” and related to the Coronavirus epidemic.
A statement on Chelseas official website read: “Peter Cech has been included in the list as an emergency substitute for goalkeepers. This is a precautionary step due to the unprecedented circumstances currently resulting from the Coronavirus crisis, as he joined as a non-contract player.”
The former Czech goalkeeper has been seen training with Chelsea in recent weeks, with coach Frank Lampard saying earlier this month that the veteran goalkeeper was aiming to pass on his experience to other club goalkeepers.
“With football back and now playing at a difficult time, Peter coaching with goalkeepers and providing this experience is great,” Lampard said. “He trains and maintains his fitness, which is healthy for him and the goalkeepers.”
Cech retired from football after the 2018-2019 season, having played for Arsenal since 2015 after spending 11 previous seasons with Chelsea.
During his time at Stamford Bridge, the Czech superstar proved himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, winning the Premier League and the FA Cup four times with Chelsea.
After his retirement, Cech joined the Chelsea coaching staff and also tried ice hockey, having signed a professional contract with the Guilford Phoenix last year.