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Mark Schwarzer has insisted that he's ready to fill the void left in the Chelsea goal after the injury to Petr Cech, reports Sky Sports

The 41-year-old was called into action after just 18 minutes of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid last night, when Cech fell awkwardly on his shoulder following a corner from the home side.

And now Schwarzer has revealed that it has taken some getting used to being a back-up keeper after being number one with the likes of Middlesbrough and Fulham over the years, but the Australian feels his experience stands him in good stead for these sorts of situations.

Schwarzer told reporters: "I'm getting used to this whole thing of sitting out and being ready to play.

"It's always a tough thing to do but I didn't really have a chance to think about it, I just went out there and did my job."

Schwarzer felt his side earned a good result at the Vicente Calderon despite not creating too many chances, and he believes they matched their Spanish counterparts in all departments.

He said: "Everyone was up for it, as you'd expect, and we've got world-class players here. We knew that if we could match their determination, our quality would shine through. We didn't create too many chances but I think we did a good job."

The former Fulham stopper was faultless after replacing Cech, and believes his side can build on the result of the first leg, especially as they have done so well at Stamford Bridge in the competition this season.

The Chelsea shot-stopper finished by saying: "We will go into the game at home with the self-belief and confidence that we have done pretty well at home in the Champions League.

"We believe we can play better than we did."

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