Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will not be allowed to enter the home team’s dressing room before or during Saturday lunchtime’s match at Stamford Bridge - but will be welcome to do so after the final whistle.
Cech will return to Stamford Bridge this weekend for the first time since leaving the Blues in June, and Mourinho says the 33-year-old will be treated as a rival player until after the full-time whistle.
Mourinho made the comment, according to Chelsea’s official Twitter account, in his press conference prior to tomorrow’s crunch Premier League clash.
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This will be the second time that Cech has faced his former employers this season, following last month’s meeting between the two London clubs in the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.
Cech was on the winning side that afternoon, but victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday would mean a whole lot more for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger and the club’s supporters.
Arsenal can beat Chelsea this weekend...
Wenger has never beaten Mourinho in a Premier League match and, considering the poor recent form of Chelsea, may not have a better chance to end that embarrassing record than this weekend.
Chelsea have picked up four points from their opening five Premier League matches and currently sit one place outside the relegation zone.
But, in order to secure a memorable win in west London, the Gunners will need to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Wednesday night - a match which Cech sat out, ahead of this weekend’s fixture against Chelsea.
Cech will receive a warm reception from the Chelsea faithful - as he did during the Community Shield - but it’s safe to assume he’ll be desperate to help the Gunners secure all three points at his old stomping ground.
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