Petr Cech speaks to So Foot
Petr Cech has retired from international football so over the past few days he has been free to give an interview to French magazine So Foot.
The Czech Republic goalkeeper has given an insightful interview and compared Arsenal’s philosophy with Jose Mourinho’s.
Warning to Arsenal fans: You might not enjoy Cech’s thoughts, but he does mention that things are changing with the Gunners.
Cech on Arsenal’s philosophy
Petr Cech’s comments on Arsenal right now are pretty damning:
Cech: “On arriving at the club, I said to myself: ‘Ok, Arsenal has not won the Premier League for ten years, but I want to be the one who manages to bring them back to the title.’ The concern is that one does not develop a winning mentality by clicking their fingers.”
The Arsenal number one continued: “If we look carefully, there is hardly anybody in the team who has won the Premier League … There is Danny Welbeck and me. We must learn together, we must find this path to victory. My dream today would be to win as much with Arsenal as with Chelsea, but I do not think I have ten years ahead of me for that … ”
Petr Cech hails Jose Mourinho
Arguably making Petr Cech’s opinions on Arsenal even worse in the eyes of Gooners, will be his thoughts on former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Cech: “When he [Mourinho] arrived at Chelsea from Porto, he brought the main thing: he came from a club where it was not acceptable to him to finish second in the championship. He brought the same spirit to Chelsea. He thinks only about victory, whatever the price.”
Manchester United fans will likely love Cech’s comments on Mourinho: “He hates draws. If we returned to the dressing room with a draw, it was known that he would not be satisfied. On the other hand, he also wanted be able to keep a 1-0 or beat a team 5-0 if possible. No matter how, Mourinho wants the result.”
Hope for Arsenal?
Petr Cech did have some positive thoughts on Arsenal and feels their philosophy is changing somewhat.
Cech: “The philosophy at Arsenal is completely opposed to this: it is not win at all costs but we want to win with a good way of playing. This is beginning to change in our approach. Yes, as Jürgen Klopp said, we’re near to classical music. We play with beauty, synchronisation between instruments – It’s a philosophy rooted in Arsenal’s DNA.”
The Arsenal goalkeeper added: “We refuse to play without a good way of playing and that’s something that is passed from generation to generation. I think we find good balance during the last weeks of last season. The main idea today is to continue to control the game including securing our advantage at the back.”
Arsenal face Bournemouth on Saturday in the Premier League. Petr Cech is expected to be in the Gunners starting line-up.