Cech denies player unrest

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Petr Cech has dismissed reports of divisions within the Chelsea dressing room.

There were claims all was not well at Stamford Bridge when Luiz Felipe Scolari was dismissed as manager earlier this month. But goalkeeper Cech insisted there have not been any problems with player relations since he joined the club in 2004.

"I think there was a lot of reports about Chelsea being divided in the dressing room and stuff like that but it has never been true," he told Sky Sports News.

"This club, since I have arrived, there is something which keeps the momentum, keeps the club going, and that is the strength in the dressing room.

"I think the players have a great relationship. We stick together, the team has a sprit and, even in a difficult time, we show now and again this is the case."

Chelsea kept their slim Barclays Premier League title hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over top-four rivals Aston Villa on Saturday.

Much was made of their show of unity at the end of the match, with new boss Guus Hiddink insisting it was not just for the cameras.

And Cech echoed that claim, saying: "I think it was the reaction after the game, it was not showing off for the cameras, it was because we felt it was a massive game and we knew it was going to be difficult and we made it."

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