Bat­tle of the Bridge was not war – Cech

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By WALLY BREN­NAN

PETR CECH has played down sug­ges­tions that Chelsea’s play­ers openly crit­i­cised man­ager An­dre Vil­las-boas in front of Ro­man Abramovich ear­lier this month.

Re­ports had claimed se­nior play­ers ques­tioned the Blues man­ager’s team se­lec­tion and tac­tics in a squad meet­ing that owner Abramovich also at­tended fol­low­ing the club’s 2-0 de­feat at Ever­ton.

Fur­ther ru­mours of un­rest within the Chelsea camp have emerged since – pil­ing more pres­sure on the un­der-fire man­ager, who ad­mit­ted for the first time this week that he fears for his fu­ture.

Cech moved to quash re­ports of dishar­mony at Stam­ford Bridge, how­ever, telling Czech web­site isport.blesk.cz: “Ev­ery­one has been talk­ing about a meet­ing be­tween the team and Abramovich.

Pres­sure

“The truth is else­where and the picture of that meet­ing was dis­torted.”

Spec­u­la­tion over AVB’S fu­ture has been rife in re­cent weeks thanks to his team’s poor form.

The Lon­don­ers have won twice in their last eight matches, although their lat­est win – a 3-0 vic­tory over Bolton on Satur­day – moved them to within seven points of third-place Tot­ten­ham.

Cech added; “The club is un­der con­stant pres­sure in the me­dia – that’s a prob­lem. There is a lot of spec­u­la­tion and non­sense, but we have to live with it.”

Chelsea have a good chance to keep up the pres­sure on Spurs and fourth-placed Arse­nal with games against West Brom and Stoke.

And Cech in­sists that there is now a pos­i­tive at­mos­phere back at the west London club.

“The mood al­ways de­rives from re­sults so the mood is bet­ter,” Cech said. “Tot­ten­ham lost at the week­end. We can get closer and play for third place.

“We still have a chance to fin­ish third but our aim is to fin­ish fourth as the worst case sce­nario.

“I still be­lieve things will turn for the bet­ter and our sea­son will be suc­cess­ful.”

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