Bengaluru, September 13: Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech wants his club to go all out in the Europa League this season and does is not interested in under-estimating the value of the competition.
The Gunners, who could manage only a fifth-place finish in the Premier League last season, missed qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years and are playing in Europa this season.
The London side host Germany's FC Cologne in Europe's second-tier competition on Thursday and Cech said the club must take a call on how they approach the tournament, especially with coach Arsene Wenger having suggested he may rest key players in Europa League matches.
Looking forward to tomorrow pic.twitter.com/QffYiAXJRf— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) September 8, 2017
"You make your decision. Either you take it seriously and you go to win it and you give yourself the chance to do it or you give yourself different priorities and see how it goes," Cech was quoted as saying in London's Evening Standard.
The Czech Republic international has won Europa with Chelsea in 2013 and does not want to belittle the competition which is often perrceived as a second tier one in Europe below the Champions League.
"At Chelsea, we were really disappointed to have been knocked out of the group stage of the Champions League, but we decided that for the first time and the last time, hopefully, we play in the Europa League so we want to win.
"It's always nice to win a European trophy, regardless of which one it is," Cech added.