Gary Cahill analysed Chelsea win against Manchester City speaking to the club website.
“It was vitally important,” said the Chelsea defender.
“We want to go as far as we can in this competition and the game was a massive hurdle to overcome.
“Obviously City changed a lot of their players, the young lads had a lot of enthusiasm and in the first half they caused us quite a few problems. The second half response was great by us, they ran out of steam and we showed a little bit of quality.
“It’s great for me to be back out there. It’s important for the team to be winning games but I’m pleased to be back playing football. Scoring goals is always nice and winning games is always nice.”
He also analysed Eden Hazard‘s performance: the Belgian was finally to last season’s levels, also scoring a stunning goal on free kick:
“It was important for him,” Cahill claimed.
“Even massive players like Eden sometimes have a dip in confidence but he’s such a good player it’s only a matter of time until he gets back in full flow.
“He was terrific, just like all the attacking players. In the second half he created a lot of chances and caused them problems.
“He’s a world-class player. He’s a laid-back guy, he works hard at his game and obviously he’s very important for us.”
Cahill also agrees with boss Guus Hiddink, claiming that games like this brings confidence:
“Not losing too many matches brings confidence,” he stated
‘We beat Newcastle well last week so we stepped out feeling confident we could do the job.
‘We’re thankful we’re through, we’ve done the job and now we’re on to the next one.”