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Essien backing for Cech

18 Apr 2009 10:33:51

Essien backing for Cech

Michael Essien is confident Chelsea team-mate Petr Cech has put his recent dip in form behind him, insisting the goalkeeper has not lost confidence. Cech has conceded seven goals in his last two appearances and looked particularly shaky in Tuesday's 4-4 draw with Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has backed the Czech, who will start Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal at Wembley. And midfield powerhouse Essien has offered his support to Cech, believing it is just a blip that the keeper can quickly recover from. "Petr is OK," said Essien. "It's one of those things that happen in football. It's over now and he's looking forward to the rest of the season. "I don't think he's lost confidence. These things happen and when they happen you must accept it and move on. He has put it behind him." Waiting Meanwhile, Essien is waiting to find out if he will be given any special instructions to keep the shackles on Cesc Fabregas in the cup semi-final. Essien recently kept Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard quiet at Anfield and is happy to do whatever job Hiddink asks of him. He added: "I am not expecting to go against anybody, what I am looking for is to go out there and do my best for my team, which is what I will try to do. "For me he is a good player, for his age he has done really well and he has to keep going like that, he has a very bright future. "I don't know what's going to happen, but before [against Liverpool] I did the work I was asked to do, so now I am waiting for the game plan and whatever the boss asks me to do I will try to do it."


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