Petr Cech hits out at primitive coaching methods in England

Petr Cech

Chelsea goalkeeper Cech has claimed goalkeeping training drills are inferior to those practiced in Europe.

When it comes to goalkeeping coaching techniques, England are stuck in the dark ages and are yet to see the pioneering light shone in other European nations such as Czech Republic and France.

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That is the opinion of Chelsea shot-stopper Petr Cech, a 31-year-old goal-line custodian, who further opined that once an English goalkeeper establishes himself as the best in the country, then he is the only athlete that is cared about compared to his peers.

'I always hear people ask why English keepers don't get more chances, why there are so many foreign goalkeepers in the Premier League but that is not the right question to ask,' asserted the glovesman, an international capped 103 times for Czech Republic and a key part of the most successful period in Stamford Bridge history.

In an interview with Sport, he continued: 'The question is what foreign keepers are doing better that gets them picked ahead of English keepers, and I think the problem is definitely with the way they are raised here. In England, I think you kick the ball at the keeper and as long as he catches it, nobody really cares how.

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'Everywhere I was, whether in the Czech Republic or France, you are taught certain ways in which you can catch the ball better; techniques to help you move faster; ways to improve your overall co-ordination but here in England, I think the system has been to keep shooting at the keeper and hope he learns to catch it.

'This isn't how it should be but it comes from the history of the national team. Gordon Banks played I don't know how long… Peter Shilton for 20 years, David Seaman for many years and now Joe Hart. You basically have one keeper and don't care about the rest.'

Since transferring from Rennes for £7m in 2004, Cech has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation. He is a Champions League winner, a Europa League champion and a three-time Premier League titlist. He also has the best clean sheets to games played ratio in the history of the division in it's modern format.

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