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Hiddink repeats Cech support

18 Apr 2009 - 08:51:13

Interim Chelsea head coach Guus Hiddink insists he still has full faith in goalkeeper Petr Cech, despite his player's recent dip in form.

Czech Republic ace Cech has struggled against both Bolton Wanderers and Liverpool in the last seven days, but Hiddink has no doubts about the quality of his player.

He said: "My thoughts on Petr are very positive because since I've been here he has done very good goalkeeping work.

"We don't neglect the reality because we want to get better, but Petr is an intelligent person and knows that he had one or two moments when it was not going as he wished. That's it.

"When a goalkeeper makes a mistake there's always direct consequences. Every now and then a keeper has the right to make an error and then we move on.

"I haven't said to Petr 'come here because we need to talk for three hours'. We did our analysis afterwards and that was it.

"We didn't want to over-emphasise it, he hasn't lost confidence. I've seen him in previous games and now in these matches.

"We don't want to over-focus on what went wrong, but we must look at what he is able to do. He's smiling and relaxed in training."

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