After his first clean sheet in four matches during a 2-0 win over Hull yesterday, Petr Cech refused to rule us out of the Premier League title race.
With consecutive defeats against Watford and Chelsea last week, Arsenal’s title hopes were severely dented. The Blues have an opportunity to go 12 points clear if they beat Burnley today but the 34-year-old has spoken reflectively about taking each game as it comes.
Consistency important with matches in quick succession
Speaking after the game against Hull, Cech said, “There are not many games left to be played, and though Chelsea have a big advantage all we can do is make sure we keep winning our games.”
“The table is very congested in the race for the Champions League positions, so this win is exactly what we needed,” he continued.
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich await in the away tie of the last-16 Champions League clash this Wednesday. After this morale-boosting win, there is building belief that Arsenal can grab a positive result with Bayern far from their best this season.
They’ve been able to rely on their key players in big moments to bail them out when the team haven’t played well, something Arsenal themselves could learn from.
Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat away against Liverpool on Saturday split the top-six open with only two points separating second and sixth place. Everton, Watford, and City, as well as draws against Middlesbrough and Leicester City are examples of matches that Arsenal should’ve won. But once again, they’ve struggled in winnable fixtures, dropping points needlessly.
“We need to be consistent, because we do have periods where we do well then other weeks when we lose games,” Cech added.
“We need to improve and ensure we are ready for every game, because now every game will be like a final.“