Cech: Clean sheets insignificant

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech would happily trade in clean-sheets, if it meant the club were winning games.

The Czech Republic stopper was unbeaten during Chelsea's Champions League group opener against Bayer Leverkusen, but has found clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League difficult to come by.

However, as far as Cech is concerned, if the team aren't picking up valuable wins, his own successes on the pitch pale into insignificance.

"We kept on going from having a very good pre season, the mood around the camp is good, and we are looking forward to the next set of games," Cech says

"It is always better to keep clean sheets but the team comes first and we are winning games.

"We are a team that wants to play well with the ball and we are not sitting back waiting for the game to finish, we want to kill the game off and maybe that is why sometimes at the end of the game when you want to score more goals, conceding goals happens.


"At the moment as well we are unlucky with little details, we did not control them, and that is why we were punished and concede goals. But we are aware of it and we are improving and I think it is going to stop. We will get back to keeping clean sheets."

The cornerstone of the side's victory over Everton at the weekend was the performance of winger Juan Mata, who's impressive showings are catching the eye at Stamford Bridge, and Cech is impressed with how the Spaniard has bedded in at the Blues.

'It is not easy when you come as a big player to a new environment and a different team and he has settled brilliantly," Cech added.

"You can see why the club has paid so much money for a player like him. Creating goal-scoring opportunities is why we brought him and is exactly what he is doing. He has been brilliant so far and I hope he stays fit and is going to be playing the same way."

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