Petr Cech played for Chelsea’s development squad against Tottenham on Monday and it did not take long for the goalkeeper to make a significant blunder.
Chelsea are not short of options in goal but they have many commitments at senior and youth level that they didn’t want to risk their other ‘keepers at Kingsmeadow on Monday.
Cech is the technical director at the club, but also the fifth choice goalkeeper in the first team and is registered in the Premier League, in case of an injury crisis for the London side.
He played his first match on Monday since the 2019 Europa League final, when he was in goal for the gunners in a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea and it did not start well for him.
Cech’s first touch of the game was an attempt to play out from the back but he passed the ball out of play and behind for a corner kick.
Spurs got a goal from that corner with Jubril Okedina slotting home and giving Tottenham the lead within 10 minutes. 17 minutes in and the blues found themselves 2-0 behind as Dane Scarlett headed in a good cross from Harvey White.
Cech came out of goal to meet the cross but couldn’t make it, continuing his forgettable return to football action for the club.
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Also starting for Chelsea in the game was Danny Drinkwater, who is hoping to get enough match fitness and secure a January transfer move to earn more first team football.
The England international has not played any game for Chelsea since March 2018 and seems to have no chance of breaking back into Frank Lampard’s plans in the first team.
His display will not have helped him much, though, as he was shown a straight red card for kicking out at 16-year-old Tottenham player Alfie Devine after a lunge from the teenager which also saw him receive a red card.
But, it turned out to be a remarkable night for Chelsea in terms of the result as they scored three second half goals, through Myles Peart-Harris (2) and Valentino Livramento which secured a 3-2 victory.