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Has Cech saved a penalty yet ?


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Cant remember it.

Still not that clever is it really, for someone who a lot portray as world #1 !

Remember back in 80's the tractor boys keeper Cooper, he was a specialist penalty saver.

Maybe Cech already knows his penalty record is not at all hot and is frantically training hard to solve the problem ? ball.gif

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What is this obsession with Cech and penalties? I don't know what the figures are, but I'm guessing that most penalties are scored rather than saved.

Cech is a brilliant goalkeeper. I won't say best in the world because he has made a couple of errors this season. He is certainly the best keeper at Chelsea and in the Premier League. Over the course of the season he saves us numerous goals with his shot stopping and with his command of the penalty box. I really couldn't give a flying f**k if he doesn't manage to save any of the 4 or 5 penalties that we get awarded against us.

If we are reliant on our keeper saving a penalty to win us a match then we are in deep sh*t. I would suggest our problems lie elsewhere.

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If we are reliant on our keeper saving a penalty to win us a match then we are in deep sh*t. I would suggest our problems lie elsewhere.

That is definately true - and I don't think anyone could argue that we should pick a keeper based on penalty saving ability.

However, in a crucial match, the ability to save a penalty makes a massive difference. If Cech had saved that one from Berbatov, we would have retained the cup. Simple as that.

And the problem with Cech is that he never even looks like he is going to save one. He is almost always sent the wrong way.

The really good penalty savers (and I as much as I hate to say it - the ugly German at the Arse is probably one of the best) usually guess the right way - and then it is up to the penalty taker to have the nerve to hit the ball with power into one of the corners - which puts him under immense pressure, especially in big matches.

And my main gripe is that penalties are something that can be practiced and practiced in training. I would hope that Cech's final training session before any cup match, let alone a final, involved him facing hundreds of penalties from the likes of Lampard and Ballack. I would also hope that Cech and the goalkeeping training staff would sit down and watch videos of every single penalty that Berbatov has taken in the past few seasons, and try and work out what he is likely to do in a high pressure situation.

As our main aim for this season is going to be the two remaining cup competitions, I seriously hope that we get our act together on this.

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I would also hope that Cech and the goalkeeping training staff would sit down and watch videos of every single penalty that Berbatov has taken in the past few seasons, and try and work out what he is likely to do in a high pressure situation.

You'd think that this would also be standard practice on international level, the Czech Republic is after a regular feature in the World Cup and in the Euros. In those tournaments, the chances of a penalty shoot-out can be rather high.

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Cech always seems to go a bit early when facing a penalty taker, which with his size he does'nt need to do. Perhaps he should stand up for a few instead of making up the players mind for him about where to put it by diving early.

Just a fault.

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Cech always seems to go a bit early when facing a penalty taker, which with his size he does'nt need to do. Perhaps he should stand up for a few instead of making up the players mind for him about where to put it by diving early.

Just a fault.

I agree completely. Timing is the most important thing in saving a penalty, and Cech does not wait long enough. Kind of like a ski jumper who has to time it perfectly off the ski jump -- a smidgen too early and he has a bad jump, a smidgen too late and he has a bad jump.

Cech telegraphs his move about 1/2 second too early, and he should work on that during practice. It must be very difficult to time your move correctly, since you have to gauge the run-up by the penalty-taker, but good penalty stoppers (Reina, Lehmann) seem to do it with no problem at all. They must be born with that innate talent.

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