The Chelsea goalie Petr Cech has said that he is disappointed that his team couldn’t make its way into the final 16 of the Champions League.
Chelsea was knocked out of the Champions League from the group stage and currently, the Blues are in Czech Republic to play the Europa League match against Sparta Prague.
Talking to the reporters ahead of the match against Sparta Prague, Cech said, “Obviously, we would have liked to be playing in the Champions League rather than the Europa League, but, unfortunately, we couldn’t qualify and the whole team is disappointed about it. But, we only have to blame ourselves for this situation. We made a lot of mistakes in the group matches and that’s why, we were knocked out of the tournament.”
“The spirits in the camp are still high. We are looking forward to tomorrow’s match. This competition may not be as big as Champions League, but, it’s a prestigious tournament and we want to win it.”
One of Cech’s fingers was fractured when he was playing for Chelsea against Newcastle United. Cech has still not fully recovered from that blow, but, he will feature for the Blues against Sparta Prague.
When asked about the condition of his finger, Cech said, “I am still feeling a bit of pain in my injured finger, but, it’s not that much of a worry for me. I have played with worse injuries than this in the past.”
Chelsea will go into the match against Sparta without two of its senior players i.e. David Luiz and Demba Ba.
But, in spite of the absence of these two players, the manager of Chelsea Rafa Benitez has made it clear that Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel would not be included in the starting XI.
Moses and Mikel have just returned after representing their country in the Africa Cup of Nations and according to Benitez, they need a bit of rest before being included in the team.