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Cech hails ´positive´ start under Benitez

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is happy with the club’s ‘positive’ start under Rafa Benitez following Sunday’s goalless draw with Manchester City.

The Blues were able to hold the reigning Premier League champions to a draw in a game where chances were few and far between, with Benitez receiving a rough reception from the Stamford Bridge crowd.

The 30-year-old shot-stopper believes the club have ended the recent rut which resulted in the dismissal of manager Roberto Di Matteo, and admits he is relieved to finally get a clean sheet.

“I think it was a positive result,” Cech told the club’s official website. “We’ve been on a spell where we haven’t been winning games and we’ve been losing, so we wanted to stop that.

“We played the champions, it was an interesting performance in a way, but we kept a clean sheet and, at times, we were a danger, so it was a good start.

“It’s never easy when a new manager comes in because he doesn’t have time to work, so it’s good to start with a positive result.”

The Czech Republic international insists the players and fans need to give the Benitez a chance, following his tactical instructions and allowing him to make his mark on the team.

“We, as players, need to adapt quickly and start thinking positively in order to work with the manager and give him what he needs to help get results,” said Cech.

“We need to put things right, we got a good point, and hopefully on Wednesday we’ll win our game and push on from there.

“He’s here to change things, to put us in a winning mode and he needs to be given a chance.”

Tue 27 Nov, 2012
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