Saturday, 1 August 2015

Playing against Arsenal's Petr Cech will be 'strange', says Chelsea defender Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill has admitted he will find it "strange" to play against his former teammate Petr Cech when Chelsea take on Arsenalin the Community Shield on Sunday.
Cech ended his 11-year stay at Stamford Bridge earlier this summer after failing to displace Thibaut Courtois from the Blues' starting line-up and moved to the Gunners in an £11million deal.
The goalkeeper is now set to make his competitive debut for his new team against his former side at Wembley and, despite labelling Cech as a top shot-stopper, Cahill admitted facing the 33-year-old will prove an unusual experience.
"It will be strange because he's been a fixture here for many years. [He's] a great guy, top player," the defender said.

"We've got Thibaut (Courtois) now and, no disrespect to Petr, [there is] a total different kind of age gap there. He's fantastic. He's one of the best 'keepers.
"Last season we had two of the best 'keepers in the world, amongst a few others, so we were really blessed with that.
"Obviously Petr's left now so he's gone to a new chapter and we've got a great 'keeper, and they (Arsenal) have got a great 'keeper."
While many eyes will be on Cech during the game on Sunday, others will no doubt focus on Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger following their public exchange this week about their respective team's spending history