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Cech: Chelsea can retain Champions League

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is confident his side are capable of defending their Champions League trophy.

The Czech Republic shot-stopper saved an Arjen Robben penalty to keep the scores level during extra time, and another in the shoot-out to help the Blues beat Bayern Munich and win the Champions League.

The Stamford Bridge side also won the FA Cup, as interim boss Roberto Di Matteo guided the Blues to a famous double. Di Matteo has since been appointed on a permanent basis, and Cech believes Chelsea are now better placed than ever to win trophies.

"That [the Champions League final] was the moment Chelsea joined the best in the world," said Cech. "We know we can challenge anyone this season and we must try to become the first team to win the Champions League for the second season running. It is a massive challenge, no-one has ever done it and we will try to be the first."

Cech was voted Chelsea's player of the year for the first time after his performances last season, and the Czech keeper admits the Champions League was the trophy everybody at Chelsea wanted.

"We have won pretty much everything as a club and this was the last trophy we were missing in the cabinet," said Cech.

The former-Rennes star joined the Stamford Bridge outfit for £7m in 2004, and has since gone on to make a record number of appearances for a foreign player at Chelsea - surpassing Gianfranco Zola's 312 appearances last season.

And the Blues shot-stopper is keen to extend his stay in west London. " I have signed another contract for four years and I would like to stay with Chelsea," said the Czech international. "I feel like part of the club, it is like my second family.

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