Cech: My job to stay match ready

Petr Cech made a rare start for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon and insists the onus is on second-string players to be ready.

Petr Cech has warmed the bench for much of the season, but he made his third Champions League appearance of the campaign against Sporting Lisbon.

Having been relegated to Thibaut Courtois' back-up in the Premier League, Cech must have relished the chance to pull on the gloves and the captain's armband yesterday.

Chelsea's place in the knockout stages of the Champions League was already confirmed, but the Blues still ran out 3-1 winners.

Speaking after the final whistle, Cech stated that it was up to him to seize any chance Jose Mourinho gives him.

"It’s up to everyone to keep working and to show to the manager when you get a game that you can play any game," he is quoted as saying on Chelsea's official website.

"For everybody it’s important to have this opportunity to play and to be in game-shape because the season is very long. You need everybody in the squad to be available and in the best condition possible to hope that you can win anything."

Chelsea were bouncing back from a shock defeat to Newcastle, but a strong side showed few signs of a hangover.

‘It’s always important to win especially when you lose a game in the league," Cech said. "We wanted to have a good performance and win the game and you could see that from the start. We were really concentrated for the match."

Chelsea must wait until Monday to discover who they will face in the last 16 of the Champions League.

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