Petr Cech backs under-fire rival 'keeper

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Chelsea star Petr Cech believes rival goalkeeper Joe Hart is under too much pressure for both club and country.

Hart has been heavily criticised in recent weeks - particularly for his performance in the Champions League against Bayern Munich - but Cech believes the shot stopper should not come under so much scrutiny.

Speaking exclusively to Sport magazine, Cech said on Hart's recent dip in form: "The problem is that when Joe Hart has a great game, you see all the headlines asking if he is the best keeper in the world. Then Manchester City concede a few goals and suddenly he is not good enough.

"Everybody makes mistakes, but because he is so much under the spotlight – really, the only one for the moment you can pick in your national team – everyone in the country is always watching him.

"Instead of always thinking of him as the best or the worst, people should just be happy that you have a goalkeeper who can play for the national team for the next 10 years."

Cech, who is in line to make his 300th appearance for Chelsea against Cardiff City on Saturday, believes Hart should not take sole responsibility for City's 3-1 defeat to Bayern.

The 31-year-old added: "Against Bayern Munich, people can point and say maybe he should have saved this shot or stopped that one – but the Man City defence is making a lot of mistakes at the moment, and in that game he made three or four saves that could easily have been goals. When the team doesn’t help you, it cannot all be on your shoulders."

Cech concluded by revealing his thoughts on the lack of English goalkeepers playing in the Premier League.

The experienced shot stopper believes young English custodians need to close the gap on foreign goalkeepers rather than question why they are not being given opportunities to impress in the Premier League. 

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