Petr Cech silenced a Twitter troll who, in truth, left himself badly exposed with an ill-informed comment directed towards the Chelsea goalkeeper.
Twitter user @BaelyBlind was clearly impressed with the performance of Atletico Madrid ‘keeper Jan Oblak, who kept a clean sheet against Real Madrid during Tuesday night’s Champions League quarter-final first leg clash at the Vicente Calderon, and inexplicably saw this as a chance to take an unprovoked dig at the Czech Republic international.
“Oblak will start ahead of you next international game,” the Twitter user wrote, “you're sh*t compared to him @PetrCech”. But Cech instantly picked up on @BaelyBlind’s comical mistake - and made sure he left his tormentor embarrassed.
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Using 12 words and six emojis, Cech destroyed @BaelyBlind in front of his 1.09 million Twitter following, writing: "I doubt that as Slovenian he could play for the Czech team”.
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Chelsea fans loved Cech's response
Oblak is a Slovenia international, having been capped five times, while Cech has made 112 appearances for the Czech national team.
Needless to say, Chelsea fans loved Cech’s response, which has been retweeted over 4,000 times so far.
Chelsea set to leave Chelsea this summer
The 32-year-old is expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after recently commenting that he is not prepared to play second-fiddle to Thibaut Courtois for a second successive campaign, with Arsenal at the front of the queue to secure his services.
Chelsea, however, have no plans to sell Cech to their London rivals - even though the club’s owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to allow the veteran goalkeeper to join any club he chooses.
Cech and his family are settled in London, having resided in the English capital since 2004, and a move to Arsenal - where he can continue to challenge for silverware, including the Champions League trophy - will surely appeal at the end of the campaign.
But Chelsea, Mourinho in particular, acknowledge that Cech remains a first-class goalkeeper despite his advancing years.
Mourinho had no choice but to demote Cech
In fact, Mourinho still believes Cech is one of the best three goalkeepers in the world - alongside Courtois and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer - but was left with no choice but to bench last season’s PFA Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year.
Had he opted to stick with Cech as his first-choice goalkeeper, Chelsea ran the risk of losing the services of Courtois, who is already arguably the best player in the world in his position.
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