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Cech has picked his favourite save.

Petr Cech names his favourite ever save

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At the age of 34, it’s fair to say Petr Cech has made a lot of saves in his career.

The Czech Republic international has been one of the best goalkeepers in world football for a decade now, having moved to Chelsea for £7 million back in 2004.

Since then, Cech has been making world-class stops helping both Chelsea - and their London rivals Arsenal following his move in 2015 - to win multiple trophies.

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With Cech playing 679 career appearances, he must have made a ridiculous amount of saves during that time.

However, believe or not, Cech can actually pick his favourite save he’s made in his entire career - and Chelsea fans will absolutely love it.

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"Obviously if you face a penalty in the Champions League final – in extra time – you know if you concede then it’s all over," said Cech.

"You know your dream to win the Champions League is all gone [so] I have to take this penalty save.

"It’s one of those saves you will always remember.”

If you’re not quite sure about which particular save Cech is talking about, let us remind you.

It was the Champions League final in 2012 between Bayern Munich and Chelsea and the Allianz Arena.

The German side had dominated proceedings and finally got their rewards when Thomas Miller scored what appeared to be the winner in the 83rd-minute. However, Chelsea miraculously got themselves level when Didier Drogba powered in a header five minutes later to take the match into extra-time.

Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (L)

Bayern pushed for a winner in the extra 30 minutes and were given the perfect opportunity when Drogba fouled Frank Ribery in the penalty box and Arjen Robben was given the chance to put Munich 2-1 up.

However, Cech won the battle against his former teammate and produced a brilliant save down low to his left.

The match went into a penalty shootout where Cech continued his heroics. He made a great save from Ivica Olic before tipping Bastian Schweinsteiger’s spot kick onto the post. It left Drogba the chance to become the hero, which he duly delivered.

While Chelsea fans will always hail Drogba as the hero that night, they shouldn’t forget the massive part Cech played in saving Robben’s penalty before his stops from Olic and Schweinsteiger in the shootout.

No matter how many saves he goes on to make in his career, it’s highly doubtful they will be as important as those three in Munich back on 19 May, 2012.

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