Chelsea hero Michael Essien believes Petr Cech’s inclusion in the Blues’ Champions League squad will be good news for the other goalkeepers.
Cech was named in Chelsea’s European squad as cover for Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The 38-year-old is not expected to feature in any match-day squads though will be involved in training.
Cech helped Chelsea win the Champions League in 2012 and his primary role at the club is now as technical and performance advisor.
Though Essien, who was part of the victorious Blues squad eight years ago, believes Cech’s involvement will improve the other goalkeepers.
Petr Cech has been named in Chelsea’s Champions League squad
“It is good, Petr can still play,” Essien told Goal. “Goalkeepers can go longer than outfield players; it is good for him.
“Pete is a very lovely guy and it is great to have him around and it will be great for the Chelsea goalkeepers.
“I always used to say that he thought he was smarter than he is! I am joking, he is very smart, speaks a lot of languages, plays his drums and in my time he was one of the leaders who spoke up to make things better for the squad.
Petr Cech and Michael Essien were team-mates at Chelsea
“I am happy for him to be back at the club in a very important role. I think he is doing well so far and I wish him all the best.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says involving Cech on the training pitch was a simple decision.
“Pete’s been training with the goalkeepers for a little while now,” said Lampard,.
“We know this year looks like no other because of Covid and what it might do to selection with isolation, so it was a very easy one, Pete still does his day job but he’s there, if we need him.
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