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5 years after leaving the club, Petr Čech returned in goal for Chelsea U23's

By Olamide Oyetunji - Chelsea Football Club legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech returned back to action for the first time since 2015 with the youth team on Monday night.

Petr Čech who is a native of Czech Republic currently has a combined role of a technical/performance advisor and an emergency goalkeeper for English club Chelsea. 

His return in an Under 23 game got off to a terrible start as he conceded after just two minutes. However, Chelsea clawed their way back to eventually run out 3-2 winners against Tottenham Hotspur.

Their cause wasn't made any easier with Drinkwater's dismissal in the 74th minute, however. An awful lunge from Spurs' 16-year-old prospect Alfie Devine should have been brushed off by the vastly-experienced Premier League winner.

However, Drinkwater instead proceeded to lash out at the teenager while getting up off the ground and both were shown straight red cards after the referee bizarrely refused to break up an ensuing brawl.

The midfielder’s reaction saw a huge riot unfold on the pitch at Kingsmeadow, with Petr Cech ironically acting as the peace maker.

Petr Cech 38, played in-between the sticks for Chelsea between 2004 to 2015 where he made 333 appearances and won the Premier League, UEFA Champions League among others before departing for Emirates stadium to feature 110 times.

In June 2019, Čech returned to former club Chelsea as a technical and performance advisor and in October 2020, Čech was included in Chelsea's 25-man Premier League squad for the 2020–21 season.

The club announced that Čech was included as an emergency goalkeeper and as a non-contract player, and that this was a precautionary move due to the COVID-19 pandemic .

Petr Cech breaks silence on his return to football action, following his performance with the Blues' U-23 side:

"565 days after what I thought was my last game in professional football, I had the opportunity to be back on the pitch.

"It felt so strange for the first 20 minutes as my "match system" I used to have while playing regularly was missing, but as the game went on, the feeling returned, "match system" reappeared and it was great to have that special feeling again.

"Well done to my teammates for turning the game around! It was great to get the win and 3 important points to go up the league!" Cech added.

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