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Chelsea chief Petr Cech: Two special games ahead against Brentford and Real Madrid

Chelsea football chief Petr Cech says they're looking forward to an exciting week ahead.

As club football resumes, Chelsea have a derby against Brentford on Saturday ahead of their Champions League quarterfinal against Real Madrid.

Cech told "We now have two home games in a week and for Brentford, the first will be special because it's a London derby and in terms of the Premier League, this one has never happened before at Stamford Bridge.

"Playing there is a different matter for us but after the international break where everybody travels, comes back and you have to switch back to normal for the Premier League, having a home game is usually better because you have your supporters and you don't have to travel far.

"It's one of those games where you have to win to restart the rhythm. You try to start where you left off and we left off with six wins on the bounce so hopefully we can pick that run up and carry on.

"Then in the Champions League we have another special game because we play the team who has won that competition the most times, and the most time in recent years.

"We are the holders, we met Real Madrid last year when we managed to knock them out, so it's special to play them again, but this time it is great that it will be with fans. This is the massive difference for me.

"So I'm really pleased firstly that we can have home support, these kind of games are for the fans, and secondly that we can play the return at the Bernabeu which is now back being used although it is not fully finished. It is a huge difference between playing the away game at their training ground or at the Bernabeu, which is one of my favourite stadiums along with Wembley.

"I was there with Sparta Prague in the Champions League when I was 19 and I really loved playing in the stadium. So I'm looking forward to going back there and hopefully we'll have a successful game there as a team."

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