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Cech concedes Chelsea elimination looks almost certain

ESPN staff
November 20, 2012
Chelsea were easily beaten by Juventus © Getty Images

Goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted Chelsea look almost certain to exit the Champions League at the group stage after defeat to Juventus on Tuesday.

The Blues are on course to be the first holders of the competition to go out in the group stages, as goals from Fabio Quagliarella, Arturo Vidal and Sebastian Giovinco helped the Serie A champions to a comfortable 3-0 win.

A draw for Juventus against Shakhtar Donetsk in the final game of Group E will knock Chelsea out of the competition regardless of their own result against FC Nordsjaelland, and Cech admitted that the situation looks bleak for the west London club.

"We said before the game we had our destiny in our own hands but not anymore," Cech told ITV. "Now we have to do our bit to win our last game and hope destiny will be kind to us.

"Being realistic, Juventus played really well and they just need a point. Shakhtar have already qualified so they don't need to take a chance on the result."

Cech attempted to draw the positives from a disappointing result in Turn, but couldn't help noting that the delight of last season's victory in the final in Munich had now turned to disaster.

"I think we showed much better spirit than in the last few games," he said. "We did well and created some chances but in such an important game if you create chances you have to take them and that was the difference.

"They went ahead with a lucky deflection and the second goal was a deflection as well but they put on a very good performance and they did really well."

He added: "It is a very sad moment because last season the Champions League was like a dream. I wouldn't say it's a nightmare [now] but it's a huge disappointment."

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