Chelsea’s fourth Premier League title win in ten years could be the catalyst for a new period of domination for the club according to veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech.
The 3-1 win at Leicester City, in which Cech was recalled to the starting XI, leaves Chelsea just two points, or one win, shy of a first League title since 2010.
Cech, who is one of the few Chelsea old-heads still around from the first Mourinho reign at Stamford Bridge, thinks this win could be the first of many over the coming years with the upcoming generation of stars only improving the Blues prospects further and cementing their place at the top of the game.
“Our last title was 2010, so it has been a long time,” Cech told The Times.
“This one is hopefully the start of a new era, with another generation of players. There is only me, Didier and John Terry who have been here for the last decade.
“You can say this is a new generation of Chelsea. Hopefully we will confirm the title on Sunday and this team will continue on.
“You can be a great player but, in these moments where you play difficult games under pressure, being a champion gives you another step, another dimension.
“You can see in difficult moments this season, this team has a lot of experience to overcome them. That is why we are in the position we are.
“The new players came in with experience, winning the title elsewhere. That is important. It is why everything clicked quite quickly.”
Ironically, given his premonition of Chelsea’s renewed success with younger stars, it was the Blues old-guard that produced the goods at the King Power on Wednesday night.
Cech himself made an outstanding save, whilst goals from John Terry and Didier Drogba, 34 and 37 respectively, saw Chelsea overcome a spirited Foxes display.
“If we win the title on Sunday, it will be the perfect way. It’s definitely better to win it at home — that is the icing on the cake.
“Obviously, in the circumstances, you can win it not even playing a game if the other teams don’t win.
“But the best way to win a title is when you win your home game and after that you know you are done.”