Chelsea legend, Petr Cech, has given two reasons he is happy for the Blues’ Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid.
Chelsea was drawn last month to face Real Madrid in the Champions League last-8 later this month.
Thomas Tuchel’s men came out victorious against Real Madrid last season in the semi-final stage, with a 1-1 draw, followed by a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Writing in his Chelsea column, Cech said he is happy for Chelsea’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid because the Premier League giants can have home support and the West London club can play the return at the Santiago Bernabeu.
He said: “We are the holders, we met Real Madrid last year when we managed to knock them out, so it is special to play them again, but this time it is great that it will be with fans. This is the massive difference for me.
“So, I am really pleased firstly that we can have home support, these kinds of games are for the fans, and secondly that we can play the return at the Bernabeu, which is now back being used, although it is not fully finished.”
Petr Cech sends message to Chelsea’s potential new owners, speaks on Tuchel’s future
Chelsea sporting director, Petr Cech has said that the Blues’ new owners will inherit a club with a long history that extends further than the 19 years under Roman Abramovich’s ownership.
Cech also said that he hopes Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel will remain at the Stamford Bridge, despite speculation linking him with an exit from the club to take over from Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United, following the sanctions placed on Abramovich.
Abramovich had his assets frozen earlier last week due to his alleged ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chelsea are now operating with a special license that bans the West London club from signing and selling players, selling match tickets and offering new contracts.
“Well, Thomas has a contract until 2024 and as it stands, we have been told that the contracts will be valid.
“In that way, we hope that we will have him as a coach because he’s been absolutely brilliant on every level, but that’s another thing that tomorrow the situation can change and my answer will be irrelevant,” Cech told Sky Sports.
He added, “Chelsea Football Club has 117 years of history and a lot of success and that success comes down to hard work and dedication of these people who have been working at the club since it was founded.
“It has its own journey and its own success and of course, I hear around that people try to take the last 19 years and try to erase it from the memory of the football community but this is not about money. This is about dedication, hard work and the players that sweat every day and work hard with people behind the scenes to make people successful.
“We’ve done it within all the rules and financial fair play and everything which was in our power and I believe that should not be forgotten.”
Meanwhile, a number of parties are interested in buying Chelsea from Abramovich, with the government willing to allow a sale to go through should the Russian billionaire not benefit from the transaction.