Petr Cech was glowing in his praise of fellow shot-stopper Vedran Janjetovic following Chelsea’s 1-0 friendly win over Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on Tuesday night.
In front of over 83,000 fans, Sydney FC's Janjetovic was powerless to stop Loic Remy’s powerful first half drive when the Frenchman picked out the top corner from inside the box.
But Janjetovic went on to make some vital interventions to keep the home side in the contest and impress many observers.
The 27-year-old Sky Blue repelled English Premier League player of the year Eden Hazard on several occasions and made a clutch reflex save to deny man of the match Diego Costa in the first half.
Such was the velocity of Costa's shot, the save was missed by the referee and linesman.
“He (Janjetovic) did very well,” Cech told reporters after the match.
“We had some chances at the start and he made some good saves especially at the start of the second half.
“I think it was a pity we didn’t score a second goal because the second goal would make it easier for us but we didn’t score and obviously last 10-15 minutes they had some chances.”
The best of these spurned chances fell to Sebastian Ryall, who had his effort ruled out for handball.
Though Cech had little sympathy for his fast-finishing opposition.
“They didn’t take their chances. I think when you play any game you need to take your chances to have a chance to win the game.
“They had one goal disallowed but as I said if you don’t score you can’t win the football game and unfortunately for them they didn’t.”
The match may prove to be the last time Chelsea supporters see their long-standing custodian in a Blues jersey.
However Cech, who surrendered the No.1 jersey this season to Belgium's talented Thibaut Courtois, would give no indication if his future lay away from Stamford Bridge next season.
“I don’t know,” the 33-year-old Chelsea favourite said when quizzed about a potential move in the off-season.
“I’ve said many times that I will now fly back, join the national team and when the season is over obviously I will weigh my options and I will decide.”