Chelsea Legend Returns to Playing Squad

Chelsea’s 25 man squad for the 2020/21 Premier League season has been submitted following the closure of the transfer window. In a weird quirk, legendary goalkeeper and current Chelsea Technical and Performance advisor, Petr Čech has been included.

Frank Lampard has elected to name four goalkeepers in the squad with Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero joining Čech.

With top youth keepers Jamie Cumming and Nathan Baxter out on loan at Stevenage and Accrington respectively, Lampard has turned to Čech to fill out the squad, rather than the PL2 team.

The club concede he is strictly an emergency keeper and was named purely as a precaution, with Covid-19 conditions potentially impacting the squad.

On naming Čech in the squad, Lampard has listed a number of reasons for the decision:

“Pete’s been training with the goalkeepers for a little while now…”

“It helps with their training and it helps me to know that he is passing on that quality and experience to the goalkeepers. We had a space in the squad, we know this year looks like no other because of Covid and what it might do to selection and isolation through the year, so it was a very easy decision. Pete still does his day job but he is there if we need him.”

The likelihood of Čech actually seeing match time is low, but you never know. He could be on the bench one time just to fill out the numbers, Mendy could be knocked out in the first minute. Kepa could come on, only to get knocked out later on in the same match. But that would never happen, would it?

Full 2020/21 Chelsea Premier League squad

Kepa Arrizabalaga
Antonio Rudiger
Marcos Alonso
Andreas Christensen – Homegrown
Thiago Silva
N’Golo Kanté
Tammy Abraham – Homegrown
Christian Pulisic
Timo Werner
Willy Caballero
Fikayo Tomori – Homegrown
Kurt Zouma
Edouard Mendy
Mateo Kovačić
Olivier Giroud
Mason Mount – U21
Callum Hudson-Odoi – U21
Ben Chilwell – Homegrown
Hakim Ziyech
Billy Gilmour – U21
Reece James – U21
César Azpilicueta
Kai Havertz – U21
Emerson Palmieri
Petr Čech

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