Cech: Villas-Boas' involvement added spice to Chelsea's derby win over Tottenham

The Blues keeper insists that, while it was nice to see his former manager, his presence did heighten the atmosphere around White Hart Lane during his side's 4-2 victory
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech admits that that the presence of former manager Andre Villas-Boas at his side's London derby win over Tottenham on Saturday added a certain spice to the occasion.

It was the first time that the Spurs boss had met his former side since being sacked by Blues chairman Roman Abramovich last season.

But, when asked whether the players felt a sense of rivalry with their former coach, Cech insisted that, while the Portuguese's presence aided the atmosphere of the occasion, this was not the case.

"Us players did not take it in such a way," he told his official website. "Perhaps it was more special for the managers because Andre and Roberto Di Matteo worked together at Chelsea last season."

He added, "The presence of Andre surely made the atmosphere more spicy. Before and after the match he said hello to us, he shook hands with everyone and we exchanged a few words. It was nice to see him again."

The Czech Republic international also took time to explain his take on the crucial save which he made from a Kyle Walker shot whilst the Blues were fighting to hold onto a 3-2 lead.

"David Luiz put his leg there, missed the ball and I saw it at the last possible moment," Cech recalled.

"I had to react quickly. If Tottenham had made it 3-3, who knows what would have happened? Fortunately it was us who added a fourth goal from a counterattack."

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