Cech: Players are to blame

by Michelle Fortune , 06 December 2012

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes the players have just as much of a responsibility to try and turn things around at the club.

The Blues ended a winless run of six matches on Wednesday when they defeated FC Nordsjaelland on Wednesday, but the victory was not enough to prevent their early exit from the competition.

There were positives to take from the match as Fernando Torres rediscovered his scoring touch to help ease the pressure on interim manager Rafael Benitez.

Unhappy supporters have blamed Benitez for the team's poor results but Cech believes the players need to be held accountable and he insists the time has come for them to start shouldering some of the responsibility.

"Unfortunately if you change your manager, you only change the manager, but the responsibility is on everyone," he said.

"We are all in the same boat, the manager and the players - the responsibility is the same for everyone. You are a team."

Reflecting on their Champions League campaign, Cech admitted the draw with Juventus played a major role in their failure to qualify for the knockout stages.

"We had results where we didn't win and we lost away to Donetsk and to Juventus, but I think the main difference was the draw at home to Juventus where we had gone 2-0 up but we finished the game 2-2," he said.

"This is where the difference would have been. Unfortunately if you drop too many points in the group it is very difficult. We are out. We knew what could happen prior to the game. The damage had been done before. We did what we could. We had a good performance and goals.

"We could only hope and, unfortunately, the other result did not go our way so we are out. Now we need to focus on other competitions."


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