Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted that there just isn’t the same pressure to win at the Gunners as there was when he played for Chelsea.
Cech, who is the only goalkeeper to keep over 200 Premier League clean sheets, won four top-flight titles with Chelsea during an 11-year spell at Stamford Bridge, before moving across London to join Arsenal in 2015.
The former Czech Republic ‘keeper has decided to call time on his illustrious career at the end of the season, with his final game ironically coming against his former side Chelsea in the Europa League final tomorrow night.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow nights clash in Baku, the 36-year-old has opened up about the difference in mentality at the two London clubs.
“It will sound strange but I think generally at Arsenal there is not enough pressure,” Cech told Standard Sport.
“Arsene is a real gentleman. As much as he hates losing, he stays a gentleman. If you lose, you win, you lose, you win, he kind of carries on. That’s something I’ve never experienced before.
“At Chelsea, at the times when we drew, it felt like a funeral in the dressing room. It was so bad.
“If we drew against a big team at home, it was like, ‘Oh no, it is impossible we didn’t win at home’. It came from everywhere: the players, the coach. Since the start when I was there, the pressure was there every game.”
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