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Chelsea Legend Petr Cech Makes Team’s 25-man Premier League Squad

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Petr Cech could be back on the pitch very soon. Previously retired, Chelsea’s legendary goalkeeper made manager Frank Lampard’s official Premier League squad for this season.

Following his short-lived retirement in 2019, Cech served as a ‘technical director’ for Chelsea during this past season. His duties consisted of aiding in recruiting and also providing another opinion for Lampard. He was instrumental in bringing summer signing Edouard Mendy to the club.

The shocking inclusion of Cech in the squad is due to “unprecedented conditions currently caused by the Covid-19 crisis,” according to a club statement.

Petr Cech joins the squad as their 4th choice keeper behind Willy Caballero. If all hell breaks loose at Stamford Bridge this season, Cech has the potential to play even after retirement.

Past career improvements prove Cech’s quality, but it still is in question if Cech still retains his top form in goal after taking a full year off from the sport. After all, he even played semi-pro hockey last winter to take a break from the beautiful game.

In the end, the game followed Cech as he rejoined Chelsea last year from crosstown rivals Arsenal. Even though his current status is only “emergency goalkeeper,” Lampard may be forced to utilize the 38-year-old if Kepa or Mendy were to get injured.

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