Petr Cech explains why he used a drag-back on Jamie Vardy again

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"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

This old proverb could apply to Jamie Vardy after the Leicester City striker allowed himself to get tricked by Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech for the second successive meeting between the Foxes and the Gunners last weekend.

The now ex-Czech Republic international was charged down by Vardy, who was left red-faced by the veteran former Chelsea ‘keeper’s clever drag-back. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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Cech did near enough the same thing to the England international during last season’s meeting at the Emirates Stadium. (You can also watch this video by scrolling down this page).

And the 34-year-old has now explained why he used the same trick against the same player this time around.

Cech reveals why he used the drag-back on Vardy again

"If I don’t have to do it then I don’t do it but obviously there was an opportunity last season where if I kicked the ball he would have blocked me," Cech told Goal.

"This season I wanted to pass across and with his speed I couldn’t do that so I had to obviously find a solution to play the ball a different way and if you have to dribble then you have to dribble.

“It’s not the greatest thing to do all the time but sometimes you have to use a football skill and not play simple."

Video: Cech's first drag-back on Vardy

Video: Cech's second drag-back on Vardy

Cech on why he retired from international duty

Cech also explained his decision to retire from international duty last month.

"One of the reasons I took this decision [to retire from international football] is to make sure that I can continue at the highest level as long as possible", he added, at the PUMA event.

"Obviously as long as I enjoy it, I’m fit and have the desire to work 100 per cent every day with the same motivation then I want to play. If I can play another five, six or seven years then I will but obviously lets see how well I’m going to do and how well my body will be."

Cech: Still one of the best?

Cech, despite his advancing years, remains one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, if not the world.

But don’t expect him to try this trick for a third time in a row when Arsenal play Leicester at the Emirates Stadium on March 11.

Is Petr Cech still one of the best three goalkeepers in the Premier League? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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