Chelsea keeper not impressed with timing of international friendly

Petr Cech clearly enjoys playing for the Czech Republic, but questioned the timing of a pointless friendly against Canada.

It is international week, and while the likes of Icelandic, French and Portuguese football fans have plenty riding on the week’s events for the likes of England who, without gloating, have already booked their place in Brazil next summer it is simply another chance to get together and then watch players slowly drop out the team injured, ill or not bothered - you decide.

For others, who have not even qualified for the World Cup next year, it is an even more pointless exercise.

For example…. Poland v Slovakia, Denmark v Norway, Belarus v Albania and another perplexing friendly - the Czech Republic v Canada game that is being played at the Andruv Stadion in Olomouc tomorrow afternoon.

Neither nation is at the World Cup next summer - and the Czech Republic do not even have a permanent head coach.

Michal Bilek was sacked in September and replaced on a temporary basis by AEL Limassol manager Josef Pesice, while the Czech FA looked to appoint a permanent boss to become the ninth man to lead the nation since the split from Czechoslovakia.

So far that has not been done and therefore some might say the Czech authorities have their priorities mixed up if they are to play a pointless friendly with a team ranked 111th in the world.

And one player who agrees on that point, that facing off against Simeon Jackson and co is a waste of time, is the Czech goalkeeper - Chelsea star Petr Cech.

Speaking to the press this week he has made it clear that although he will be giving it his all for his country, he would rather he didn’t have to:

“Personally, I thought the chance would be given to others, but the coach called me, said he was glad I was here. We have injuries, so I was available. If I had a few days off, I would definitely benefit, But I like to represent, and when the coach wants me, I'll come.’’

‘’If I had the choice, I would never have hosted this match. The development of the team is not affected because we will probably change coaches…Had I known the new coach, I could understand, but not like this.’’

Interesting words from the Chelsea stopper and you have to understand where he is coming from. This friendly makes little sense when essentially the man picking the squad will not be doing so for the upcoming qualifying campaign.

Nobody likes to see their countryman poo-poo the chance to represent their nation, but on this occasion you can kind of see Cech’s point.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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