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Chelsea No1 Cech confident AVB believes in him

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is convinced he retains the confidence of manager Andre Villas-Boas.

AVB has gone public with his support for Cech in the past fortnight.

"Every manager is different," Cech told the Daily Mail. "But the people identifying problems at the club are making those judgments from the outside.

"They are never at the training ground. They never see what we are doing on a daily basis. I know that everybody is looking only at the results, but sometimes it is not always a reflection of what is happening. And everybody with Andre is talking about his age when in football there is no such thing as age. There is only quality.

"It's about the talent, quality and character of the individual. Edwin van der Sar was still a top, top goalkeeper at 40. If you have the quality and the character to win things, and the manager won with a big club like Porto, then I am not worried about the age. He has the experience.

"Whether you like or dislike a manager is not important. There have been so many managers I have not liked but I might have liked the way they are working; the way they prepare the team, the way they organise the training. If they understand the game, I am happy.

"You don't have to love the manager, you don't have to love the other players. You can hate half the dressing room but if you are happy to play with them on the same pitch that is all that matters.

"In training we are doing some very interesting stuff and that gives me a lot of confidence. It gave me confidence even when things weren't going so well in matches."

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