Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who won a record seventh Czech Republic’s Footballer of the Year award, has played down his side’s title chances and stated that Chelsea are not the favorites to win the Premier League title this season.
Chelsea are currently at the top of the table with 63 points from 28 matches and have a 4-point lead over Liverpool and Arsenal with the two sides tied on points. Manchester City are a further two points behind in fourth place, but Manuel Pellegrini’s side have two games in hand.
Cech believes that City, who have a hugely superior goal difference compared to Chelsea, should be considered as the favorites to clinch the title. However, he insisted that Chelsea will fight for the trophy all the way to the end of the campaign.
“We are top of the table because Manchester City are two games behind.
“If they win them, then they will be ahead of us due to the more number of goals scored.
“We are not the biggest favourites but we want to win the league and we will be fighting for it. There are still 10 games left.”
Cech was named the Czech Republic’s Footballer of the Year for a seventh time on Monday. He has now won the award, decided by the Czech Football Association, for six consecutive years.
Cech, who is set to win his 106th cap in an international friendly with Norway Wednesday evening, expressed his delight at winning the award yet again.
“It never gets boring regardless that it is for the first or seventh time. It is always appreciation of my work and further motivation especially as it comes from the people who follow football very closely.
“Apart from a few exceptions I have kept my performances at the same high level. There were matches when I made mistakes, but not many. I am going to try hard to win it again next season.”
The Footballer of the Year is decided by the Czech Football Association and is different from the Czech Golden Ball award which is voted for by journalists which Cech won for an eighth time last June.