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Čech inspired by Chelsea's Munich moment

Published: Monday 31 March 2014, 9.24CET
Petr Čech, the latest man to reach 100 UEFA Champions League outings, tells UEFA.com of the "unbelievable joy" he experienced when Chelsea FC won the competition in 2012.
by Louis Laffitte

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Published: Monday 31 March 2014, 9.24CET

Čech inspired by Chelsea's Munich moment

Petr Čech, the latest man to reach 100 UEFA Champions League outings, tells UEFA.com of the "unbelievable joy" he experienced when Chelsea FC won the competition in 2012.

Having experienced the "absolutely amazing feeling" of winning the UEFA Champions League once before with Chelsea FC, Petr Čech is desperate for a repeat.

The Czech Republic No1 is potentially four games away from a third final appearance in Europe's top competition in seven seasons; Paris Saint-Germain provide Chelsea's quarter-final opposition on Wednesday, with the first leg in France, where Čech spent two years at Stade Rennais FC prior to moving to Stamford Bridge in summer 2004.

A runner-up against Manchester United FC in 2008 when the Blues lost on penalties in Moscow, Čech went one better four years later, saving Arjen Robben's spot kick in extra time and shoot-out attempts from Ivica Olić and Bastian Schweinsteiger as Chelsea stunned FC Bayern München in their own stadium. Recalling that special night in Munich in May 2012, the 31-year-old told UEFA.com: "It's the feeling of accomplishment and unbelievable joy in the end because it was very special.

"I have won many things in football, domestic cups and leagues, but that moment when Didier [Drogba] scored the last penalty and you know we've done it was an absolutely amazing feeling. This is the moment you lived for and that's why you want to repeat it if you can, because this was such a strong emotion that it is really worth it to try again."

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