London, May 29 : Chelsea's Czech goalie Petr Cech believes that his nose helped to block a spot-kick from Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo in last week's Champions League final shootout.
"Ronaldo's kick hit me on my nose, it gave me an awful smack. The main thing was that I didn't want to move so as to make it easier for him. I was prepared for the fact that he might hesitate. I waited for that and, as soon as Ronaldo paused, he didn't have much time to do something. I went the right way and saved the penalty," The Sun quoted Cech, as saying.
Ronaldo's style of pausing before taking penalties served him well all season - but then he missed in Barcelona and in Moscow.
Cech believes the United ace is confident enough to carry on with his tried-and-trusted technique in the Euros.
"Ronaldo has always paused before taking his last few penalties. So, I think he will take it the same way again in the future. He has no reason to change it. Moreover, he has scored most of them. He only missed the one against Barcelona and the one in the Moscow final," Cech said.