Cudicini singles out Arsenal’s Petr Cech

The Gunners experimented goalkeeper will retire at the end of the UEFA Europa League Final.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini believes the most difficult rival for his team in the UEFA Europa League Final will be Arsenal’s stopper Petr Cech.

Cech, 37, will retire from professional football at the end of the match in Baku, Azerbaijan.

And for Cudicini, he is the single most difficult rival the Blues will face on May 29th.

“It’s a big match for Petr, it’s his last match at the end of an unbelievable career and his last chance to win a trophy,” Cudicini told Sky Sports.

“Also he will play against a club which has been an important part of his life and career.”

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“It’s a huge, huge match for Petr but he is a professional and he is intelligent,” he added.

“For sure all of these things will play an emotional part for him but once you are on the pitch, you forget everything and you play to win the trophy – Petr will do that.”

He concluded: “For us (Chelsea) he is obviously an enemy for 90 or 120 minutes, for however long we are on the pitch.”

45-year-old Cudicini played for Chelsea from 1999 to 2009.

Before that, he played for AC Milan, Lazio, and other Italian Serie A clubs.

He retired while playing for LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.


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