Petr Cech says that while nothing beats playing after ending his glittering career he is enjoying his new role at Stamford Bridge

“That was part of the education,” Petr Cech says when asked about visiting Theresienstadt during his youth in the Czech Republic. “They try to use it every single day to educate the young generation. Last year I was doing this for Czech television and the guest who was with me was a lady who was a Holocaust survivor thanks to the Nicholas Winton trains. There were six trains coming from Czechoslovakia going to London. She was the last child on that last train.”

The enormity is not lost on the former Chelsea goalkeeper. We are sitting in a quiet corner in the Imperial War Museum, where a new Holocaust gallery is set to open in 2021 thanks to funding from Chelsea, and Cech is speaking passionately about football’s social responsibility.

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