English 'keepers aren't taught how to catch - Cech

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Since joining Chelsea nearly ten years ago, Petr Cech has established a reputation as one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League.

During that time the giant Czech has come across his fair share of English rivals and has noticed a few flaws in their technique.

Quoted in The Metro, Cech said: "In England, I think you kick the ball at a keeper, and as long as he catches it nobody really cares how.

"Everywhere I was, whether in the Czech Republic or France, you are taught certain ways in which you can catch the ball better; techniques to help you move faster; ways to improve your overall co-ordination.

"But here in England, I think the system has been to keep shooting at the keeper and hope he learns how to catch."

A bold statement indeed, but one Cech is more than capable of making, having kept an astonishing 145 Premier League clean sheets since his 2004 arrival.

The Chelsea stalwart sits third in the list of most Premier League clean sheets, with the retired David James in first place and Cech's Stamford Bridge understudy, Mark Schwarzer, in second.

Cech, who has gained over 100 caps for the Czech Republic, also addressed the issue of the lack of English goalkeepers playing regular Premier League football.

He said: "I always hear people ask why English keepers don’t get more chances, why there are so many foreign goalkeepers in the Premier League, but that is not the right question to ask.

"The question is what foreign keepers are doing better that gets them picked ahead of English keepers, and I think the problem is definitely with the way they are raised here.

"This is not the way it should be, but it is something that comes from the history of the national team.

"Gordon Banks played I don’t know how long, then Peter Shilton played for 20 years, then David Seaman for many years, and now Joe Hart. You basically always have one keeper and don’t care about the rest."

There's no doubt foreign goalkeepers dominate the Premier League, with only three Englishmen being first choice for their country, one of those being England's number one, Joe Hart.

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