Petr Cech has shed some light on his new role as performance advisor at Chelsea next season.
Cech was announced as technical and performance advisor in June, returning to the club where he spent 11 years as a player. He is expected to reunite with former team-mate Frank Lampard, who is believed to be close to becoming Chelsea’s next manager.
Cech returns to the Bridge: 5 things to know…
- Cech joined Chelsea for £7m in 2004, becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in Chelsea’s history.
- The Czech international made 333 appearances for the Blues.
- He won 15 trophies at Stamford Bridge, including four league titles and a Champions League.
- Cech then moved across London in 2015 to play for rivals Arsenal.
- His final game for the Gunners was a 4-1 defeat to his former side in the Europa League final.
Cech agreed to take the behind-the-scenes role at Chelsea last month and explained to the Independent exactly what his job will entail.
He said: “My job description is to look at the first team, the academy, the transfer policy, the data from training. Everything hides underperformance.
“The range is broad, occupying all the disciplines that belong to football. My job is to report and especially bring ideas.”
Lampard is expected to take over at the Bridge following the departure of Maurizio Sarri to Italian champions Juventus. The current Derby boss has had just one full season in management, a campaign in which he reached the play-off final with the Rams only to miss out to former team-mate John Terry and Aston Villa.
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Cech has suggested his new role will weave into the first-team picture.
“The coach will have his ideas. The idea is that I will be with the first team to have the opportunity to watch the development of the preparations.
“When I decide I want something to work in some way, I have to go to the club management first to allow it. It’s right, I’m new to the role. But I have enough possibilities to influence the club, which is a great responsibility and I like it.”