Chelsea keeper Cech calls on Turkish ref to be strong

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has called on ref Cuneyt Cakir to be strong tonight in Barcelona.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has called on ref Cuneyt Cakir to be strong tonight in Barcelona.

Cech called for a strong performance in the Nou Camp and turned up the heat on Cakir, the 35-year-old Turk who will be in charge of his first Champions League knockout tie.

"The referee can be a big part of the game," said the Chelsea goalkeeper.

"You could see that in the past. There were great games between us and Barcelona but there was controversy, over-shadowing the great games.

"We have an experienced Turkish referee and, if you have experience refereeing Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, a game between Chelsea and Barcelona should be fine. I'm sure he will have the same professional approach as we had in the first game, which was without controversy."

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