Petr Cech named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad as back-up goalkeeper despite retiring from football

Lawrence Ostlere
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'Defending is not City's strongest point,' says Petr Cech (AFP/Getty)
'Defending is not City's strongest point,' says Petr Cech (AFP/Getty)

Petr Cech has been named in Chelsea’s squad for the upcoming Premier League season despite retiring from football in 2019.

The 38-year-old Cech, who is now a technical advisor at Stamford Bridge where he spent 11 years and won four Premier League titles, retired at the end of a four-year stint with Arsenal.

He has since worked closely with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and played a key role in bringing new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to the club.

However it seems unlikely we will get the chance to see Cech don the gloves again this season. Frank Lampard named him as his emergency fourth goalkeeper in a 21-man registration list, behind Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.

Youngsters like Mason Mount and Reece James were automatically included in the squad as U21 registered players, meaning Lampard had spare room in his selection of up to 25 senior players.

In other news, Kurt Zouma’s middle name is Happy.

Chelsea’s Premier League squad (*homegrown)

Abraham, Tammy*

Alonso Mendoza, Marcos

Arrizabalaga Revuelta, Kepa

Azpilicueta Tanco, Cesar

Caballero Lazcano, Wilfredo Daniel

Cech, Petr

Chilwell, Benjamin James*

Christensen, Andreas Bodtker*

Emiliano Da Silva, Thiago

Giroud, Olivier

Jorge Luiz, Frello Filho

Kante, Ngolo

Kovacic, Mateo

Mendy, Edouard Osoque

Palmieri Dos Santos, Emerson

Pulisic, Christian Mate

Rudiger, Antonio

Tomori, Fikayo*

Werner, Timo

Ziyech, Hakim

Zouma, Kurt Happy