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Petr Cech retires: Best XI to have played with the Czech goalkeeper - Only 2 Arsenal players make the list

Varun Nair
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6.80K   //    22 May 2019, 17:29 IST

Petr Cech will hang his boots after the UEFA Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea to be held next week in Baku
Petr Cech will hang his boots after the UEFA Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea to be held next week in Baku

One of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the game is set to bring the curtains down on his illustrious and trophy-laden career when Arsenal take on Chelsea in the final of the UEFA Europa League to be held in Baku on May 29.

It is rather fitting that the Czech legend will finish his career against Chelsea, a side where he immortalized himself and won every major possible honor.

When Cech retires next week, he will leave as the first player to keep 200 clean sheets in the Premier League as well as the keeper with the most number of clean sheets in a single Premier League season (24).

Petr Cech will end his career with 780 club appearances (with 1 more to be added after the final) and 127 international appearances. The Czech legend will leave the pitch with a trophy laden cabinet that has seen him winning 4 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, 2 Community Sheilds, 1 Europa League (2 if Arsenal win the Europa), 1 U21 European Championship and 1 UEFA Champions League.

Here is a list of the best XI to have played with Petr Cech


Full backs

Branislav Ivanovic

Ivanovic
Ivanovic

There is little argument that Serbian is one of the greatest right back in the history of Chelsea. Branislav Ivanovic joined the Blues in 2008 from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow. The versatility of the Serbian saw him being played in the heart of the defence when needed while also being used as a conventional right back.

Ivanovic and Cech spent 6 seasons together before the Cech left for Arsenal. Together they won 2 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, 1 League Cup, 1 Community Shield, 1 Europa League, and 1 Champions League.

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Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole

One of the greatest ever left back in history of the Premier League era, Ashley Cole joined the Chelsea revolution in 2006 from Arsenal. The left back, along with John Terry, Brainslav Ivanovic and Petr Cech, formed one of the greatest defensive units ever in the Premier League.

Cole and Cech spent 8 years together in Stamford Bridge before the left back moved to AS Roma in 2014. The duo won a Premier League, 4 FA Cups, League Cup, Community Sheild, Europa League and Champions League.

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