The Blues are not short of options in goal but have so many commitments at senior and youth level that they didn’t want to risk their other ‘keepers at Kingsmeadow on Monday evening.
Cech, 38, is the technical director at Stamford Bridge, but also the fifth choice stopper in the first team and is registered in the Premier League squad, in case of an injury crisis for Frank Lampard’s side.
He played his first game on Monday since the 2019 Europa League final, when he was in goal for Arsenal in a defeat to Chelsea and it did not start well.
Cech’s first touch of the match was an attempt to play out from the back but he passed the ball straight out of play and behind for a corner kick.
Tottenham scored from that corner with Jubril Okedina slotting home and giving Spurs the lead within 10 minutes.
Cech came haring out of goal to meet the cross and didn’t make it, continuing his somewhat forgettable return to action for the Blues.
Also starting for Chelsea on Monday night was Danny Drinkwater, who is hoping to get up to match fitness and secure a January move to earn more first team football.
The England international has not played for Chelsea since March 2018 and appears to have no chance at all of breaking back into Frank Lampard’s plans in the first team.