Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Cech: Oscar proving value for money

Petr Cech believes Oscar, pictured, has found his feet quickly at Stamford Bridge

Petr Cech believes Oscar is already proving to be worth every penny of his £25million price tag as Chelsea's man of the moment looks to build on his sensational debut in Saturday's clash with Stoke.

The Brazil star is hoping to be fit to start the the club's Barclays Premier League game at Stamford Bridge after he limped out of Wednesday's Champions League match against Juventus. Before his ankle was trodden on, a blistering brace made him an instant hero in west London.

"He has quite a big price tag on him for a young guy and he's under extra pressure," said Cech.

"It's been great for him, obviously, his performance and two goals. They will give him a lot of confidence and people will realise that he is really good value. He's settled in quite quickly and you can see he's really worth the money the club spent, obviously, now.

"So let's see how well he's going to develop over here. He has a pretty good set-up here too to become a great player."

Cech also delivered a stinging rebuke to Chelsea's Champions League critics as he urged his team-mates not to play as if they have to prove themselves worthy European champions.

The keeper bristled at the mention of the outrageous fortune the club enjoyed en route to last season's triumph, bemoaning the fact Barcelona had little such criticism when they fluked a semi-final win over the Blues three years earlier.

"I don't think we have to prove anything to anybody, because we won the Champions League last year," he said. "We have to play 13 games to win the Champions League. You might be lucky in one or two games, but that's normal. When we got knocked out by Barcelona, they were lucky to be in the final.

"Everybody said they played brilliant football and that they won the Champions League rightly because they beat Man United in the final. But they shouldn't have been in the final. Nobody talks about that.

"You have 13 games and everything can happen, and you have to go step by step. The knockout stage, last 16, quarter-finals, semis, and then win a final. We won those games. We didn't steal it. We deserved to win."

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