Cech braced for battles ahead

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Petr Cech is hoping Chelsea can build on their 3-0 win over Newcastle ahead of some crucial clashes against Valencia and Manchester City.

The Blues were good value for their win in Saturday's early kick-off at the Sports Direct Arena, with goals from Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Daniel Sturridge proving the difference for Andre Villas-Boas' side.

For Cech, a second consecutive clean sheet was his own personal highlight, and the Czech international is hoping the performance can serve as a stepping-stone to bigger and better things in the coming weeks.

"It was an enormously important match for us because Newcastle had been ahead of us and we had not won there last year," the goalkeeper said on his own website.

"We needed a good result and I hope this is the moment that could stop the series of setbacks.

"This match showed we are strong enough to find a way out of it but, on the other hand, we can't be so naive as to think that everything will turn for the good after one victory. It has been just the first step."

Despite David Luiz controversially avoiding a red card inside five minutes, Cech was left in no doubt that the Blues were worthy winners on their trip to Tyneside after an impressive first-half display.

His attentions have now turned quickly to tomorrow night's visit of the Spanish side, and Cech is well aware that it's a massive match for everyone involved.

"We should have been 5-0 up at half-time and it would have been well over. But their goalkeeper had a fantastic performance and kept Newcastle in the game," Cech added.

"It was important that the missed penalty and the wasted opportunities did not affect us in a bad way and that we kept the belief we could still win. I think it was an open game from both sides and the spectators must have enjoyed it.

"It's pleasant to have a second clean sheet in a row as well as a second win. We showed we could still play football but on Tuesday we have another 'battle for our lives' in the Champions League."

Petr Cech
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