Ever since Petr Cech left Chelsea in 2015, the club have struggled to replace him. The former Czech international spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge, making 494 appearances for the Blues in all competitions.
He became a legend at the club, keeping 228 clean sheets and also winning a total of 16 trophies with the Blues. His very first season at Chelsea was the 2004/05 season in which they set the record for least goals conceded in league a season. He made 35 appearances that season and kept 24 clean sheets in the Premier League.
Petr Cech continues to put his his goalkeeping skills to use
After retiring from football in 2019, Cech has been playing as a goalie in ice hockey. He was famously named the Man of the Match in his very first ice hockey game, stopping two penalties in a shoot-out victory.
Cech recently took a new step in his life, moving on loan to Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) side Belfast Giants from National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) side Oxford City Stars.
While he makes progress in his new career, Chelsea are still struggling to find his replacement.
Chelsea still looking for a goalkeeper
The Blues have struggled to replace Petr Cech in goal. First it was Asmir Begovic and Thibaut Courtois that shared responsibilities in between the sticks. But both left the club within the next 3 years.
In 2018, Chelsea went all in for Kepa, making him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper. He has failed to live up to his price-tag and is currently on loan at Real Madrid. He has even hinted on his desire to stay in the Spanish capital if possible. During Kepa’s time at Chelsea, the club also bought Edouard Mendy. Mendy replaced Kepa as the No.1 under Tuchel and helped them win the Champions League in 2021. He too was offloaded to Saudi this year.
The Blues then signed Robert Sanchez this summer, but he too has come under criticism for his poor decision making. So, 8 years since the departure of Petr Cech, Chelsea still find themselves looking for a goalkeeper in the upcoming transfer window.
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