Petr Cech made his shock return to motion in objective for Chelsea’s improvement squad in an eventful London derby in opposition to Tottenham on Monday – making an error which led to a objective inside the primary three minutes.
The Blues’ technical director, 38, was taking part in for the primary time since that includes for Arsenal within the 2019 Europa League remaining, after which he hung up his boots.
Cech, who received 13 main honours at Stamford Bridge earlier than becoming a member of the Gunners in 2015, was solely registered in Chelsea’s Premier League squad as a precaution in case of a coronavirus-related emergency.
The previous Czech Republic goalkeeper was chosen for Monday night’s Premier League 2 conflict after Lucas Bergstrom performed for Chelsea’s Beneath-18s on Saturday, with teaching employees not eager on the concept of the teen taking part in twice within the house of 48 hours.
Cech may need been wishing he by no means agreed to come back out of retirement when Spurs took an early lead although, which got here from his personal unforced error.
After taking part in a easy go straight out behind him for a nook, the guests took full benefit as Brooklyn Lyons-Foster headed the ball into the trail of Jubril Okedina who slotted house from shut vary.
Issues went from unhealthy to worse for the hosts when Harvey White’s superb ball excessive was met with a bullet header by Dane Scarlett giving Cech no probability as Tottenham doubled their lead on 17 minutes.
To Chelsea’s credit score they got here out a lot improved after the break, and pulled a objective again via Myles Peart-Harris on the hour mark.
The attacking midfielder cooly slotted house from the penalty spot after skipper Okedina introduced down George Nunn.
Two minutes later and Chelsea had been degree, with Valentino Livramento’s good work down the appropriate rewarded after a wise end by Marcel Lewis.
With each side looking for an all-important winner, a former Premier League winner sparked a mass brawl within the remaining 15 minutes.
Danny Drinkwater’s spectacular fall from grace has been properly documented and he would have achieved himself no favours with this newest incident.
Drinkwater, a £35million signing from Leicester in 2017, was introduced down by Spurs’ Alfie Devine, who was additionally proven a purple for his poorly timed problem, earlier than petulantly kicking out on the teenager in retaliation.
The midfielder’s response noticed an enormous melee unfold on the pitch at Kingsmeadow, with Cech sarcastically performing because the peace maker.
Lawrence’s gorgeous long-range effort whistled simply previous the submit as Chelsea continued their dominance late on, earlier than Pearl-Harris secured all three factors with two minutes remaining after producing a superbly positioned effort into the far nook following nice work from Lewis.
It was a blended night time for Cech, however after all of the drama which unravelled that can certainly solely whet his urge for food additional to get again on the hallowed turf for his beloved Blues not less than another time.