Cech Hails Chelsea Defence

29 April 2009 07:09
Revitalised Petr Cech made light of his own goalkeeping heroics and paid tribute to his team-mates after Chelsea earned a goalless draw against free-scoring Barcelona in the Nou Camp.[LNB]Barcelona had scored in every home game this season and were last held at home by Manchester United at the same stage of last year's competition.[LNB]Strikers Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o had scored 90 goals between them in all competitions this season but Chelsea's terrific defensive discipline kept them at bay.[LNB]Cech made fantastic saves from Henry, Daniel Alves, Aleksandr Hleb, and Eto'o to give Guus Hiddink's men a great chance to reach their second successive Champions League final.[LNB]Hiddink hailed captain John Terry as "inspirational" after the game and while Cech agreed, the Czech Republic keeper was also full of praise for the rest of the side - particularly Jose Bosingwa.[LNB]The Portugal international was given the task of marking Messi out of the game and did so in style.[LNB]"I think the biggest compliment should go to Jose because I think it was the second time in his life that he played at left back and it was against Messi," he said.[LNB]"But you couldn't see Messi on the pitch today. John was also fantastic and I have to say so were all the other guys because it is not easy to come here and deal with all their attacking threat.[LNB]"But John was the leader of the back four and was brilliant. It is the first time we have got a clean sheet here but it is also the first time we haven't scored.[LNB]"The tie is still open but I think we can reproduce the same defensive work at home and we can always score goals at Stamford Bridge.[LNB]"Of course they have the best attack in the world, so it still stays 50-50.[LNB]"We just had to stay organised and everyone had to put in great effort for the individual and tactical work.[LNB]"As a team we had a great effort and we were rewarded with a clean sheet. But it was a pity that we had two good chances that could have been a goal. The goal would have been better but 0-0 is still a positive result.[LNB]"We wanted to stop them playing and then put them under pressure with our possession, which in the first half we didn't really do."[LNB]Coach Hiddink was quick to praise Terry and Cech for their all-important contributions on a great night for the Blues.[LNB]"John was inspiring, an example for the rest of the team," said Hiddink.[LNB]"You have to play courageously and play with a lot of intelligence against Barcelona, you cannot just play a tough game.[LNB]"This team has a lot of courage and a lot of blood, mentally it was great performance.[LNB]"Petr did a good job defensively, he intervened in one or two situations and he saved the game for us.[LNB]"If you look at the recent history of Barca, you will see it is a long time since they last failed to score in a home game.[LNB]"That's quite an achievement against a beautiful team who play beautiful football."[LNB]

Source: Eurosport