Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has appealed to manager Guus Hiddink not to drop him for the FA Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday, after a nervous display against Liverpool almost cost the Blues a place in the Champions League semi-finals. The giant Czech was caught out in the first half of Tuesday night's quarter-final second leg by a cheeky free kick from Fabio Aurelio. And the former Rennes glove-man proceeded to look a bag of nerves for the remainder of the opening period, misconnecting with punches and failing to come for the cross that led to Branislav Ivanovic impeding Xabi Alonso for the visitors' penalty. Cech has accepted responsibility for his mistakes, and says he hopes he keeps his place in the first-team at the weekend ahead of reserve goalkeeper Hilario. “I would be disappointed to be left out against Arsenal. Who wouldn’t be?” said Cech. “This is a question for the manager, but one bad goal can’t change what you have been doing all season. “You have to show your confidence in training and in games. If you go to speak to the manager, you can say whatever you want, but he needs to see your answers on the pitch, not in his office. "In any case, I am sure we won’t defend as badly again on Saturday.” Chelsea have now conceded seven goals in their last two games but lost neither, drawing 4-4 with Liverpool after beating Bolton 4-3 at the weekend. The Blues appeared complacent after taking a 4-0 lead against Gary Megson’s team and conceded three goals in 10 minutes, while it took an angry rallying cry from Hiddink at half-time to restore Chelsea’s fortunes and defensive capabilities against Liverpool. And Cech is eager to stop their frailties at the back before the key cup match with the Gunners, and just as keen to highlight his own sparkling record. “It is the first time in my Chelsea career that I have conceded so many goals in two consecutive games – and the first time I have made mistakes in both of them,” he said. CHELSEA FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Kerry Dixon, Guus Hiddink One on One Gianfranco Zola, Nicolas Anelka Boy's A Bit Special Michael Mancienne, Scott Sinclair Perfect XI Ruud Gullit, Marcel Desailly Celebrity fans Vidal Sassoon And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Ruud Gullit on Weekend Wonders and Chelsea on Talentspotter
15 April 2009
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