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Revenge on the agenda for Chelsea


Cech believes United's title success could play into Chelsea's hands

Petr Cech has said Chelsea will be looking for revenge when they take on Manchester United in Wednesday's Champions League final in Moscow.

United pipped Chelsea to the Premier League title on the last day of the season with victory at Wigan.

And when asked on BBC's Inside Sport programme if the final is a chance for payback, Cech said: "Some revenge.

"When you lose, you always feel disappointment and you have extra motivation to win the next game."

Chelsea went into the final game of the Premier League season level on points with the champions, but a draw at home to Bolton on the final day scuppered any hopes of winning the title.

Cech is determined not to experience that feeling for a second time and he believes United's title success could work in Chelsea's favour.


"Having won the title, you would say it is a big boost for them because mentally they know they have won the title, finished above us and they celebrated," said the Czech Republic international goalkeeper.

"But, in one way, it can be destructive.

"When you know you have won something, you can relax. In the back of your mind you have already succeeded, won back-to-back titles and so maybe they will be more relaxed.

"This could be the advantage for us because we have to remember that we had the feeling that we were so close and we were disappointed and we don't want to feel it again after the final."

He added: "This is even bigger than the Bolton game.

"It was the last game of the season, everyone knew that if we won we would have a chance to win the league but it was out of our hands.

"This game is 90 or 120 minutes. We have our destiny in our own hands and we know what we want to do."

Watch the full interview with Petr Cech on BBC One's Inside Sport, Monday, 19 May at 2305 GMT.

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