Saturday 25 November 2017

Cech: New Blues need same steel

PERTR CECH has warned Chelsea's rookies that inexperience is no excuse for failure to demonstrate the same iron will as their team-mates.

The European champions have a chance to make more history this week if they can become just the second English club to win the Club World Cup.

Chelsea arrived in Japan on Sunday having emerged from their worst winless run in the Premier League for 15 years, a sequence that played a huge part in Roberto Di Matteo's sacking as manager.

The Blues spent the summer dismantling and rebuilding their Champions League-winning squad, with young attacking talents like Eden Hazard, Oscar and Victor Moses replacing war-horses Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou.

Suspension and injuries to John Terry and Frank Lampard robbed them of even more experience down the spine of the team, coinciding with a series of limp shows that led to a dressing-room row at West Brom last month.

As captain in the absence of Terry and Lampard, Cech would have been at the heart of the inquest, the latest of many to have taken place during his eight-year career at the club.

He said: "It's not about how many times you start with the F-words. It's about people who should feel the responsibility for the situation.

"It's easy to say, 'I'm new and young, I'm looking away from it'. Everybody is responsible and has to help the team get out of the situation."

Cech, meanwhile, said he was oblivious to the jeers that welcomed boss Rafa Benitez's arrival at the club.

"I don't concentrate on the crowd and what they are shouting and screaming," he said.

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