Why Chelsea legend Petr Cech wants Juventus to win the Champions League

Petr Cech At Stamford Bridge

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed he wants Italian champions Juventus to beat Barcelona so Gianluigi Buffon can finally get his hands on the trophy.

Cech, whose time in West London looks to be coming to an end this summer after 11 trophy-laden years, stuck his head above the European football parapet to back the underdogs Juventus ahead of their 3-2 aggregate semi-final win at Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old knows how it feels to hold aloft the famous Champions League trophy after doing it for Chelsea in 2012.

And he wants one of his favourite players Buffon - who has never won the trophy despite a career filled with silverware including the World and European cups for Italy - to experience it too, as he was the man 'that changed everything' for aspiring 'keepers the world over.

The Czech Republic legend took to social networking site Twitter to offer his support to Buffon, saying: "Let the best team win but I would love to see 'the maestro' with the cup in his hands."

Speaking about why he looks up to the humble Italian superstar in an interview with UEFA.com, Cech said of him and Madrid's Iker Casillas: "They have kept a consistent level of performance for more than 10 years at the top for club and country.

"That's why they are still among the best 'keepers in the world.

"Oliver Kahn, Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar inspired me early in my career. Each of them had something inspiring, because they were all different characters.

"Then Buffon appeared and changed everything."

By the time Juventus and Buffon come face to face with Barcelona in the final on June 6,  Cech could well be pondering life at another club.

The sought-after stopper is wanted by the Blues' London rivals Arsenal, mega rich Paris St Germain and Turkish giants Besiktas, according to the likes of the Guardian.

But boss Jose Mourinho reportedly wants him to stay with the champions and is reluctant to see him sign for a rival club.

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