The Arsenal goalkeeper has voiced his desire to continue his fine record against Lionel Messi. Cech has guarded the goal against Messi on eight occasions, all those appearances coming as a Chelsea goalkeeper. Messi’s best chance came in 2012 at Camp Nou, but he crashed the penalty kick into the woodwork.
The pair will once again challenge each other in the Champions League in February and Petr Cech admitted that he is keen to extend the unique record against the global superstar.
Cech said, “It is great, not many people can say they have played eight games or how many minutes against Messi and has not found a way to get past me”
He also expressed that the ultimate thing regarding the Champions League fixture is the progression of Arsenal into the next round, not his individual record.
“But if he scores and we progress to the next round then it is not really important. What is important for us is to make sure that we give ourselves a chance to progress to the next round,” the former Chelsea goalkeeper spoke.
Petr Cech feels Arsenal has what it takes to hurt the Catalan giants and needs to replicate what Chelsea did in 2012 to beat Barcelona and progress into the finals, which they eventually won. He also stated that he was unaware of the incredible record he is holding until 2012.
“I did not realise myself for a long time, but last time we played, somebody found out” Cech shared his excitement. “And, then he missed a penalty, we managed to go to the final and we went on to win the Champions League”
Arsenal and Barcelona will battle out once again in February in the Champions League round of 16.
Petr Cech has been in implausible form this season and has recently broken the record of David James for the most number of clean sheets in Premier League.