Unhappy Chelsea star Petr Cech has insisted claims that the current Blues side is as good as the great teams of the recent past are silly and until they have won any trophies there can be no comparison.
Speaking after the 2-0 win over Hull City at the weekend, in which he got a rare Premier League start, the Stamford Bridge great agreed that there was some fantastic potential in Jose Mourinho's squad but that any talk of greatness was premature.
Chelsea are currently three points ahead of Manchester City at the summit of the Premier League after what was a blistering start to the season, which saw them go undefeated for the first 14 matches in the competition.
Despite it quite obviously being ridiculously premature, some commentators went so far as to suggest that Chelsea could well emulate Arsenal's 'Invincibles' from the 2003-04 season and go unbeaten for the entire campaign.
However, a goalless draw away at Sunderland saw the Blues put in their first dud performance in the league and two weeks later they were similarly ineffective in falling to a 2-1 defeat away at Newcastle United.
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Dreams of becoming the new Invincibles may have been dashed, but many still believe that Mourinho has assembled a side capable of becoming one of the greatest teams to have been produced since Roman Abramovich plied some of his billions into the club. Cech was not about to get carried away though.
"We only judge the team when the season is finished and you can see how many trophies the team has in hand," he is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
"It is difficult to say which Chelsea side in history was the best because a lot of them won trophies. This team has huge potential, it has been doing really well this season, we are top of the league and have been doing some brilliant games.
"But we are empty-handed at the moment, and I don’t like to compare the teams until the season is finished."
Number One Struggle
It has been a difficult season for Cech personally as he has had to face up to the fact he no longer Mourinho's number one, since the arrival of Thibaut Courtois from Atletico Madrid in the summer.
The Belgium international was on loan at the Spanish champions for three seasons since being purchased by Chelsea in 2011 from Genk and has quickly established himself as one of the best young goalkeepers in world football.
Cech was the undisputed first choice since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2004, but has now had to accept that Mourinho has decided it is time for a new era between the sticks in west London.
Future Decisions Required
Being taken out of the team has understandably not been received too positively by Cech and at 32 years old he will have to make a big decision about his final few years before retirement. This prompted reports of a possible January transfer switch to the likes of Arsenal or AS Roma.
However, he got a chance to reestablish himself ahead of Courtois at the weekend owing to an injury pick dup by Courtois. A clean sheet will have done his case no harm, though there appears to be little doubt in Mourinho's mind as to who his first choice is.