Cech Says it Took Lionel Messi 10 Games to Score Against Him

Cech Says it Took Lionel Messi 10 Games to Score Against Him

- Petr Cech has explained that it was difficult facing Messi when he was playing for Chelsea

- The 38-year-old added that the Argentina international failed to score against him while with the Blues

- Messi netted against Cech in the Champions League when the goalie was at Arsenal

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Chelsea legend Petr Cech has expressed happiness to the fact that Barcelona captain Lionel Messi never scored against him during his active playing time as the Blues goalkeeper.

For good eight years between 2004 and 2012, Chelsea and Spanish giants Barcelona met 10 times in the Champions League in which Lionel Messi failed to score against the English side.

During all these 10 encounters, Petr Cech was the goalkeeper Chelsea used against Barcelona as he stopped Lionel Messi from finding the back of the net.

However, Lionel Messi finally scored against Petr Cech, but it was when the 38-year-old was playing for Premier League side Arsenal.

Cech left Arsenal last two seasons after the Gunners' defeat against Chelsea in the Europa League final in which Eden Hazard scored a brace in that duel.

According to the report on GOAL, Petr Cech explained how difficult it was to face Lionel Messi in the Champions League and the fun of preventing him from scoring against Chelsea.

“It took him a long time to score past me, 10 games in fact as I was an Arsenal player when he eventually did.
"He missed penalties, I made saves, he hit the post, but he never scored past me at Chelsea. It was a pleasure to keep a clean sheet against him. When he had the penalty in the Nou Camp in 2012, that was a defining moment.
"I was thinking about what he could do, what he would do. So my strategy was to wait and wait until I could see where he was going to hit it. So when I moved the way he was going to strike the ball, he knew he had to go high to beat me, but he went too high and it struck the bar.''

Petr Cech is currently working as Chelsea's technical and performance advisor as the Premier League side currently occupy seventh position on the Premier League table.

Petr Cech says it took Lionel Messi 10 games to score against him as goalkeeper
Petr Cech says it took Lionel Messi 10 games to score against him as goalkeeper. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane
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