Cech could answer Chelsea problems against Bolton

Cech could answer Chelsea problems against Bolton

The tension at Stamford Bridge is rising and Wednesday’s visitors Bolton Wanderers will be relishing the prospect of taking on Premier League champions Chelsea during troubled times.

Carlo Ancelotti’s problems continue to mount after the 3-1 defeat against Arsenal on Monday and his tenure sees Chelsea slipping out of the UEFA Champions League places after the club’s worst run of form since 1998. Chelsea have secured just six points from eight matches and seek their first league win since the narrow 1-0 victory over Fulham at Stamford Bridge seven games ago.

Visitors Bolton are flying high this season, one place and two points behind Ancelotti’s side, no longer to be considered the whipping boys of previous years even if Chelsea can look back on 14 games unbeaten against the Trotters. Recent form has seriously damaged the near-invincible reputation of the London club and the once impregnable home defence has now conceded in each of its last three games. Owen Coyle has every reason to believe his adventurous Bolton side will be able to force a breakthrough and maybe take something from the fixture.

Chelsea keeper Petr Cech has identified why his side has lost its way: "Every time we attack we are offside and are making mistakes too in the defensive third. This is exactly the reason why we are not winning games,” he said.
He added: “We just need to have one game where you get a bit of luck to win a game and suddenly everything changes.”

Whether or not his analysis holds the answers to his team’s problems, the Czech Republic international’s own performance could be critical in getting the kick start they need. A clean sheet will be a big boost to the Chelsea cause, especially as Bolton have conceded in every Premier League game since their 0-0 draw against Fulham on the opening day of the season.

Online bookmaker Bet365 is offering odds of 5/6 that Cech will shut out the Bolton attack to keep another clean sheet.


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