Chelsea's Petr Cech laments poor finishing in defeat to Manchester United

The Czech international stopper believes the champions' greater killer instinct was decisive on Sunday, but insists the Blues can build on an improved second-half performance
Chelsea’s inability to put away its chances was the reason for Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford, according to keeper Petr Cech.

“You can never say it is fair or not, but they scored three goals and we scored one. The reflection of the day is there,” the 29-year-old told the club's official website. “They were efficient in terms of scoring goals and that's why they won, [but] we can be pleased with our reaction in the second half."

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men may have emerged as 3-1 victors, but the final score was not entirely reflective of an action-packed encounter in which both sides wasted numerous clear goalscoring opportunities.

Cech refused to label the result unfair, but he revealed he believes United’s greater cutting edge in front of goal was the only difference between the teams.

“Three-nil down is never easy, but we came back, scored a goal and created chances and 3-2 would have been an exciting end of the game but it tells a story that we didn't take our chances," Cech noted.

Chelsea is in third in the Premier League after the result, with its positive start to the season overshadowed by the rampant form of the two Manchester clubs. Some have been quick to dismiss the Blues’ title chances this term, but Cech is adamant the race remains wide open, and is looking to take the positives from Sunday’s display.

“We don't care what people are into,” he added. “We do our job, try to do our best and we will continue doing that. Even though we lost today there is a long way to go. City dropped some points [at Fulham] and you can see the league will be difficult for everybody. We are positive that although we lost we can build on it.”