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Petr Cech believes the team would have done better in the Premier League had it not been the numerous injuries the team suffered this season.
The team had been tipped to win the Premier League title in the early part of the season but fans had to watch in despair as Leicester City marched on to lift the Premier League title.
However, Cech believes it could have been a different story had the team been lucky with injuries.
“It was a very strange season in a way. If you look at the number of injuries we had, it is not a big number compared to previous years or compared to other clubs. It’s not a big difference but unfortunately for us, every time we’ve had an injury, it’s been long-term,” said Cech.
“We had a great squad at the start of the season. Danny was coming back, Jack was coming back, and it was a very strong group. Unfortunately, Jack got injured right before the start of the campaign, Danny had the same problem, Tomas had the same problem, and these were all long-term injuries. Santi and Alex became long-term injuries too.
“If you have so many important players out with long-term injuries, it does give a chance to everybody else, but it can hurt you at certain times. If you have seven games in 21 days and your opponent has had six days off to prepare, you don’t have the advantage of rotating players.”
Cech believes the team had done well to cope with the injuries and hope we will come back stronger next season.
“I thought we did so well most of the time to be able to cope with that, but unfortunately in the end we lacked a bit of energy in February and March when we dropped points,” added the goalkeeper.
“This is where the difference was made. Overall, it’s been a good season, not one you would look back on and call a brilliant season, but there were a lot of positives and things to build on.
“Hopefully we can step up and have a great season next year