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Cech: No need for change at Chelsea

Petr Cech insists Chelsea should not abandon the tactics that have brought them so much success just because Didier Drogba has left for China.

With Eden Hazard settling into life at Stamford Bridge and Brazilian Olympic star Oscar soon to make his mark, it does appear an era of change is beginning.

Cech does not feel that is entirely the case. And the Czech Republic star is adamant the approach that has served Chelsea so well should not be dismissed without a thought. "We will play a slightly different way but we still want to keep our way of playing which has been very successful over the last eight years," he said.

"You know you have to change players because they are ageing and it is sad to see players leave the club, especially someone like Didier who was a legend here.

"But that's the way it is. We have one or two new players with a lot of hunger and they are about to show they want to win things with us as well."

Chelsea have been installed as third favourites for this season's Premier League and most likely to break the Manchester duopoly.

This tends to ignore form that was patchy at best and abysmal at times last season as Andre Villa Boas attempted to impose new ideas before Roberto di Matteo settled a badly listing ship.

Even then the Blues only finished sixth. It took that staggering Champions League triumph to get them into this season's competition.

For most sides, challenging for a title from that position would be impossible. Since Roman Abramovich began his revolution, normal is not a word associated with Chelsea.

"We are a changing team but still the targets are the same - we want to win as many trophies as possible," said Cech. If you don't win you have to be competitive. We want to win the Premier League for sure."

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