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Chelsea's Cech credits form to contact lenses

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed his superb late season form was down to discovering he needed contact lenses!

The 26-year-old stopper even believes the first time he wore them in a match last month was the biggest victory of the entire season for him.

He recalled: "I had been complaining about not seeing well since October. It came to a head against Arsenal.

"I thought I had the ball in my hands and then suddenly it flew past me. That had never happened to me before. I couldn't explain it.

"It seemed I was getting in position a bit later than I normally would or that I was reacting a little bit more slowly."

An ankle injury ruled Cech out of action for six weeks back in March and he used the time to get his eyes checked.

He was on the brink of a return in early April only to suffer a training-ground injury when he needed 50 stitches in a facial wound following a collision with Tal Ben Haim.

He added: "Together with the goalkeeping coach I studied footage from last season and this season in terms of how I dealt with crosses and situations.

"You could see a huge difference in the way I moved. After I got injured, I had enough time to go for various check-ups.

"In the end I got contact lenses and now I can see 100 per cent better. So it's possible to find positives out of the injuries."

The Blues No 1 added: "I have to admit the first day I was supposed to wear them, I got up an hour and a half earlier than usual. I managed it somehow.

"When I tried the lenses for the first time, I realised what a big difference they made. Getting them was possibly the best moment of the season for me."

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