Petr Cech says he is “100 per cent ready” to help Chelsea if called upon after earning a shock place in Frank Lampard’s Premier League this season.

Blues fans were left baffled when technical and performance advisor Cech, who won four Premier League titles and the Champions League in 11 years as a goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge, was named in their 25-man squad for the 2020/21 campaign.

The legendary shot-stopper retired after finishing the 2018/19 season with Arsenal, before returning to Chelsea in a technical capacity last year to assist former team-mate Lampard.

However, after training alongside current goalkeepers Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga at Cobham, Cech is ready to return in goal if required.

Petr Cech says he is “100 per cent ready” to help Chelsea if called upon after earning a shock place in Frank Lampard’s Premier League this season

“It’s true that it would have been a professional error to do this if I wasn’t at Premier League level, but that’s not the way we work here,” he told Telefoot.

“I know I’m 100 per cent ready to help if needs be. I’m fit, and with the two months of training, I’ve seen I have the same quality.

Cech, who has been training alongside the Blues' current goalkeepers while working as a technical director at Stamford Bridge, was a surprise inclusion in their 25-man squad

“Furthermore, I rested for a year without playing football. It really gave me energy, my body recovered after playing 20 years as a professional.

“If the circumstances put me on the pitch, I’m ready.”

With the coronavirus pandemic still proving a threat to player fitness, Cech may be required to at least sit on the bench at some point this season.

He will only be required in the event of an injury or fitness crisis in west London, as new signing Edouard Mendy has got off to a flyer
He will only be required in the event of an injury or fitness crisis in west London, as new signing Edouard Mendy has got off to a flyer

He certainly won’t be needed for any other reason in the near future, as new signing Mendy has got off to a flyer since joining Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

The Senegalese shot-stopper has kept a clean sheet in each of his first three Premier League appearances, inspiring a newfound defensive stability for Lampard’s side along with new centre-back Thiago Silva.

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has detailed the difference between Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal
Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has detailed the difference between Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal

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Blues defender Kurt Zouma has been impressed by Mendy, telling the Standard: “He has been great, with the ball at his feet and he is big, too.

“He has presence and catches the ball when he comes out. He is talking a lot, doing a great job. He settled in very quickly, but we have to keep focused.”