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Cech defends vocal Chelsea teammates

Reuters, LONDON

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech dives for the ball during their Premier League match against Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge in London on Feb. 9.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has defended his teammates against accusations of player-power and said a vocal dressing room has bred success at the Premier League club.

A training ground exchange between manager Rafael Benitez and captain John Terry in the wake of last week’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester City led to allegations that Chelsea’s interim boss was being undermined by senior players.

“We had a lot of success thanks to the honesty and open mind everyone has in the dressing room,” Cech was quoted as saying by British media.

“Everybody should have a chance to express an opinion and if the players are not happy, it is not the case that we say: ‘Unlucky mate, we will carry on, you pick yourself up.’ No. When we see something is going wrong, people have the right to express themselves and say: ‘We think this is wrong, we should improve that, we need to try to find a different solution,’” he said.

“Obviously we have only one boss, that is the manager, and it is up to him if he wants to listen to what the players say or find his own way to go through. It helps because communication is a very big part of a football club. It is important for the coach to know the feedback, to do more or less, but there is only one boss and it is up to him what to do,” he said.

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