'Magical': Lebouef names player who is still at Chelsea as 'one of the best' ever in his position

Frank Lebouef selected Chelsea legend Petr Cech as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, speaking to Sky Sports Football.

Lebouef was asked to pick a combined XI from Chelsea’s FA Cup winning side of 2000 and the Champions League victors in 2012.

Although he mainly picked players from the former, the ex-Blues defender felt he had to included Cech because of his unrivalled prowess.

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“I followed Petr when he was at Stade de Rennes before he was at Chelsea and then finishing his career at Arsenal,” said Lebouef.  

“That guy was absolutely magical. One of the best goalkeepers ever, maybe in the world, but definitely at Chelsea for sure.”

Cech will forever be embedded into Chelsea folk law for his massive contribution towards the club’s domination over the past two decades.

Signed from Rennes 2004, the iconic ‘keeper kept 24 clean sheets in his maiden Premier League season to ensure the Blues won their first league title in half a century.

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His commanding presence continued for the next 11 years, which included 13 major honours and 494 appearances.

No Chelsea fan will ever forget his heroics in that Champions League final. Cech saved an Arjen Robben penalty in extra time before stopping two more in the resulting shootout.

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A transfer to Arsenal in 2015 ended a long and glorious spell between the Blues sticks.

However, the relationship wasn’t completely finished.

Cech returned to Stamford Bridge in 2019 to become a Technical and Performance Adviser.

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He was even registered into Chelsea’s league squad as an emergency back-up goalie.

A true Blue and a real-life footballing icon.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.