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Schmeichel was my test ..facing Cech will test Chelsea.


THE goalkeeper I wanted to score against more than any other was always Peter Schmeichel.

out of clubs that Deloitte's from the but how many end up in the League Final of the Probably And in my first game for Nottingham Forest, a Premier League clash with Manchester United live on Monday Night Football, I got the ball, ran at the 18-yard box, got to the D and fired a shot down low and hard to beat him at his near post.

It was always a personal test for me to take on Schmeichel, arguably the world's best keeper at the time, and if I walked off the pitch at the end of a game having done well against him I felt I could do well against anyone.

Diego Costa and his Chelsea pals will find themselves in a similar position today when they come up against a man who many still regard as the best keeper in the world.

And if they are to have any joy against Petr Cech (right) then they have to get at him straight away.

Before games - and particularly in this sort of instance when a side is up against a former team-mate or someone who is playing well - managers will tell their strikers to pepper him with shots as soon they go out. And against Cech at the Emirates this afternoon, that's the only way they are going to get any NINE the 20 have made Rich List are change out of him.

Premier League, are going to Champions at the end season? none.

There's no point trying to target him on crosses, on shotstopping, on this, that or the other, because he doesn't have any obvious weaknesses, so the only way you're really going to beat him is by sheer volume of shots.

If you're an Eden Hazard coming off the left, a Willian coming off the right, or a Costa through the middle, you've got to drop your shoulder and pop shots down from the first whistle.

And if in the first two or three minutes Cech has had a couple of shots to save and maybe a corner to deal with, he'll be thinking, 'Aye, aye, they're up for it here'.

That might just cause him to parry one out for somebody to tap in, which is the way you break a goalkeeper and make him edgy, a bit nervous, flappy, for the rest of the game.

So if I'm John Terry or Gary Cahill I'm pulling the frontmen to one side before kick-off and I'm saying to them, 'Go and test Pete. Is he still as quick as he was? Get him down to his left and his right'.

Cech will certainly be extra motivated against his old team and, as I see it, he and Mesut Ozil will be the two players who will lead Arsenal to victory.

Cech, time and again, has delivered in big games and I'd love to see Ozil laying down a marker by dictating this one.

His stats have been so impressive of late but it's not just about putting in slide-rule passes for team-mates to finish, it's about a player's demeanour during games as well.

Sometimes when you're 2-0 up and dictating the passes and the 'Oles', you have to show you're cocky and arrogant, and that you're doing it for your own fun because it breaks a team's will.

Teams will remember that, not just in the short term but the longer term as well, and you'll hear things like, 'Remember when Ozil caned us last season?' in the build-up to bigger games.

Chelsea are a big, strong side, and after the game I'd like to be thinking, 'Mesut Ozil stepped up, he rolled with the punches, tackles and challenges, and he has controlled it'.

Because that's what the real greats in his position do.

as soon EI NINE out of the 20 clubs that have made Deloitte's Rich List are from the Premier League, but how many are going to end up in the Champions League Final at the end of the season? Probably none.


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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion Columns
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jan 24, 2016
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