Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Hope That Cech Continues His Great Form, Says Terry

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Hope That Cech Continues His Great Form, Says Terry

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

JOHN TERRY insists he will have no hard feelings toward Petr Cech if the former Chelsea goalkeeper helps Arsenal win the Premier League this season.

Cech asked to leave Stamford Bridge last summer after winning 13 honours in 11 years and angered many fans by opting to join their fierce rivals for PS10million.

While Chelsea have struggled, the 33-year-old has played a major role in putting Arsene Wenger's side top of the table.

Cech will face his former team-mates, including Terry, when Chelsea visit Emirates Stadium on Sunday and the Chelsea captain told Standard Sport: "Petr has shown this season that he is still one of the best in the world let alone in the Premier League.

"I said from the start that he will give Arsenal points in the title race. That is what he has done and he will continue to do so.

"I have huge respect for him as a player and as a man. I have shared the dressing room with him for many years and won an awful lot of trophies with him.

"Obviously we want to continue winning things here at Chelsea but I wish him well and I hope he continues his great form."

This fixture will also put the spotlight on Thibaut Courtois, who replaced Cech as Chelsea No1.

The decision by former manager Jose Mourinho to pick the Belgian over Cech regularly last season led to the latter leaving.

Courtois (left) has been criticised for some of his performances since returning from a knee problem last month but Terry said: "Both of them are world-class goalkeepers.

"When Petr left we wished him well and Thibaut has continued his great form since he's come back from injury.

"There is a lot more to focus on in this game than just these two. It's a big London derby as well."

Chelsea have not lost to Arsenal in the League for five years and suffered just five defeats in their last 30 meetings in all competitions. …

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