Gary Cahill, who celebrated his five-year anniversary as a Chelsea player this week, spoke ahead of today’s home clash against Hull City.
“This weekend will be difficult – the captain told Chelsea’s official website – Every game in the Premier League is, but we responded really well against Leicester and the performance was fantastic”.
“That was exactly what we needed after the Tottenham result. We want to go on another run and when we play at home against anybody we always feel confident. It’s a very important game for us because we want to keep a little gap at the top and a win would do that for us”.
When asked about the importance of Blues‘ defending trio (Cahill-Luiz-Azpilicueta), he added: “Thankfully we’ve all been fit and we’ve managed to play together since then, there’s a good understanding. We know each other as players and we’ve played together for a long time, even from before we all know David. We’ve trained together a lot and we know each other individually”.
“In that formation I think it’s important to get games under your belt and understand your role. During this period we’ve kept clean sheets and defended well, not just us three but the team as a whole”.
“Because playing in a three is slightly different, the more games you play the more you understand the position. I feel comfortable with it, we all know each other’s role so it’s good”.
Cahill was named captain of the squad against Hull City in October and kept the armband since that game.
“It’s something I’m very proud of – he ended – To captain this club for one game is an incredible feeling. John has done it for so many years now and to be able to lead the team out, particularly during a run in which we’ve done so well, has been fantastic”.
“I don’t think it’s changed me too much as player. It’s about being able to handle that little bit of added pressure on your shoulders, which I feel okay with. But in terms of my preparation for games, nothing has changed. I’ve enjoyed it, it’s been great”.
“No matter who the captain is, to have a few experienced players and big personalities around is important. Everybody says you need a lot of leaders on the pitch, and we have that at the moment, so it’s great for us”.