Chelsea up and running
Chelsea began their 2021/22 Champions League campaign on Wednesday.
The Blues are, of course, the current holders of the trophy after seeing off Manchester City in last season’s final.
The Londoners would kick off their title defence at home to Russian outfit Zenit, who proved a tough nut to crack for Thomas Tuchel and co.
However, new signing Romelu Lukaku would eventually come up clutch late on to hand Chelsea a 1-0 win and all three points.
Cech explains what must happen for Chelsea to retain Champions League
Following the game, former Chelsea star and now technical and performance advisor for the club, Petr Cech, has been speaking about Chelsea retaining the Champions League.
Such a feat is incredibly difficult, with Real Madrid the only side to do so since AC Milan managed to in the 1988/89 and 1989/90 campaigns.
And, Cech has now explained to Chelsea that, to maintain the title you need everything to go right, no unlucky games or bad decisions:
“It is really difficult to retain the Champions League because you need an element of everything going right and you need to be lucky as well.
“For Real Madrid to win it three times in a row, that was absolutely exceptional and you have to really take your hat off to a team for doing that because it’s a title that is really so hard to retain.
“When you come in as a champions, everybody has extra pressure and that adds to the complexity of the whole thing. You need everything to go right, no unlucky games or bad decisions.
“You are playing the best teams in Europe throughout the competition and everybody has the same motivation and quality to go through.
“That is what it makes it so unique and so difficult but we started well with a good win against a tough opponent in Zenit St Petersburg so now we keep building from here.”
That’s all from Peter Cech, what are your own thoughts?. You can drop your observations in the comment section.