Petr Cech Reveals 2012 Champions League Final Penalty Shootout Preparation
In what will go down as one of the greatest European underdog stories, Chelsea lifted their first ever Champions League trophy in 2012 after beating five-time winners Bayern Munich on penalties.
Didier Drogba slotted the final spot kick and scenes erupted; Blues' fans in hysterics, players in disbelief and suspended John Terry in his Chelsea kit.
But also remembered are Petr Cech's goalkeeping heroics, which saw the towering shot-stopper save two efforts in the shootout - as well as Arjen Robben's penalty during extra-time, which would have surely seen Bayern go on to win a match which they no-doubt dominated.
The 36-year-old Czech keeper has announced his retirement from football at the end of this season. He will forever be known as a Chelsea legend with over 300 appearances and countless winner's medals.
Speaking to COPA90, Cech revealed how he prepared for a potential penalty shootout with the Germans.
"The video of Bayern penalties lasted two hours and 43 minutes. The game was played in 2012 and we had every penalty of each of the squad since 2007," he said.
"We did it as a goalkeeper group, it was me, Hilario, Ross Turnbull and even Jamal Blackman. We each had a video, so each went through it on our own and made notes.
"And when the game was approaching, we had a meeting together with everybody's notes and then we watched it again.
"I've seen it about three times, so it was probably more like eight hours
."It might have been a coincidence I don't know, but after watching all of these videos I don't think it was a coincidence."
Petr Cech said in an interview that he watched 7 hours of just penalties from Bayern players before Chelsea's Champions League final. Talk about preparation :sweat_smile:
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Cech dived the right way for every penalty taken by the unfortunate Bayern penalty takers. Coincidence? No chance.
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Words by Kane Allen