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Petr Cech, Tactical Genius

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So, as you all hopefully know by now, Chelsea drew Serie A Napoli for the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League. This news isn't great - any team that can knock out Manchester City as well as hang with Bayern Munich, Bastian Schweinsteiger edition is one to be respected* - but it's not the end of the world either. Chelsea are still favourites to progress, and we have every chance of making it to the quarterfinals at the end of our two matches against Edinson Cavani and company.

*At one point, Napoli had scored as many goals against Bayern as the entire Bundesliga had all season. They then injured Bayern's best player. Make no mistake, the Partenopei can **** you right up.

But you don't come here to read what I have to say. You came to hear from Batman himself. Here's Petr Cech on Napoli:

It's a very dangerous game because at the moment they are flying high. But the game is in February and in football things can change quickly. The away game in particular will be very tough, their stadium is known for having one of the best atmospheres in Europe and it will be bouncing, so I'm looking forward to it.

I played against Marek Hamsik for Czech Republic against Slovakia, he's a very good player but as a team they are very strong and I feel that is their biggest strength. (emphasis mine)


Right from the horse's mouth: Napoli's biggest strength is that they are a very strong team. I bet I know Napoli's biggest weakness, too: Sometimes they are weak. Anyway, now that we've thoroughly sussed our opponents, we should get Cech to come up with our game plan. I predict it will go something like, "We should try to score more goals than Napoli, but failing that we would like to go through on away goals, in extra time, or on penalties".

With this sort of information on our side, how can we possibly go wrong?

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