Cech offers Torres support
Petr Cech has leapt to the defence of Fernando Torres after a second consecutive disappointing performance.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 15/02/11 6:10pm
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has leapt to the defence of Fernando Torres after a second consecutive performance of disappointing measures.
Torres failed to rediscover his spark in a blue shirt on his debut against former club Liverpool, and misfired once again as Fulham held Chelsea to a goalless draw on Monday.
The Spaniard made a record £50million move to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day last month but is yet to break his scoring duck after missing a series of chances at Craven Cottage.
Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti substituted the striker with 19 minutes remaining but Cech believes he has seen enough to be convinced of his credentials as Chelsea look to get their season back on track.
He told the club's official website: "I think he made very good movements throughout the 60 or 70 minutes he was on the pitch and he found quite quickly the understanding with everybody.
"It wasn't to be to score a goal but it looks very promising," added the Czech Republic international.
Fellow new-boy David Luiz, who made his first start against the Cottagers after coming on as a sub against Liverpool, gifted Fulham an injury-time penalty, which Clint Dempsey saw saved by Cech.
Luiz, though, has earned rave reviews for his performance prior to that late mishap, and Cech fully expects the Brazilian to justify the £25million Chelsea paid Benfica for his services.
He said: "It just shows why Chelsea bought him because he really is a great addition to the squad.
"The way he went to the ball, I sensed he could choose the easy option, which is to go harder and across, so that's why I chose to go there," he said.
Chelsea now lie 12 points off Premier League leaders Manchester United and face a fight to finish inside the top four as they currently occupy 5th place with just 12 games remaining.
Cech concedes the Blues have given themselves a mountain to climb in terms of retaining their league title, but he will not give up until it is mathematically impossible to overhaul the deficit.
"Obviously, we are quite far now because they won their games and we dropped points but there is still a way to go and we will fight to the end," he said.