Cech lays down Champions League challenge

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been voted the club's Player of the Year, after a fine season between the sticks at Stamford Bridge.

Blues fans came in their droves with around 28,000 casting their vote, which saw the Czech Republic international stopper finish top of the pile – recognition for his consistent level of performance over the campaign.

After arriving in England in 2004, Cech has established himself as a mainstay in the Chelsea back line, and is now widely regarded as one of the most prominent goalkeepers in the Barclays Premier League.

"I have been here seven years now and playing with some of the best players in the world doesn't make it easy for a goalkeeper to win an award, but I am really pleased,” Cech told reporters at last night's end of season awards dinner.

"I really appreciate it because having played for such a great club with great players, to win player of the year is a great achievement."

During his time in West London, Cech has claimed three Premier League titles, a hat-trick of FA Cups, and two League Cups, but ended this season without a trophy.

"There are players here when I joined the club still here, we have had good years, worse years, average years, but they made me feel at home and that's why I look forward to the future."

Under the Roman Abramovich regime, the only trophy to elude Chelsea is the Champions League crown – a competition that has become somewhat of an obsession for the Russian owner.

After the January acquisition of Fernando Torres and David Luiz, the Blues are set to further enhance their squad in the summer, with a view to mounting a more serious challenge on the European cup next season – something that has been met with approval from Cech.

"You always want to win everything but especially the Champions League now, that is the only one missing."

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