Cahill: “It’s only half-time”

Cahill: “It’s only half-time”

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill put in an impressive performance for the Blues in their 2-1 defeat at Parc de Princes on Tuesday evening and believes the home leg at Stamford Bridge will be different.

‘We worked hard,’ said Cahill. ‘It’s a really tough place to come and play. From start to finish it was hard tonight but when you have dug in as much as we did and defended really well throughout the game, I thought 1-1 would have been a terrific result to go back to the Bridge with.

‘So we’re disappointed with the goal at the end but nevertheless there were positives to take. We weren’t without chances ourselves. The keeper pulled off an unbelievable save from Diego early on. If that had gone in it might have changed the dynamic of the game.

‘We looked to be sensible defensively and try and hit them when we had the opportunity to, and we did that.’

Both of Chelsea’s two previous Champions League knockout encounters with PSG have been settled by goals in the closing minutes of the second leg at Stamford Bridge. Cahill expects the sixth chapter of this trilogy to prove equally as tight.

‘We know at the end of the game it’s only half-time,’ he stressed. ‘We know what we have got to do at home. 1-0 takes us through.

‘We know they are confident at home and we have seen what they have been doing in the league and in Europe, but it’s a different place to come to Stamford Bridge.

‘The home leg may be a bit different and we will be on the front foot a bit more. It’s tough when you come away. Everyone tries to take their opportunity when they’re playing at home and the away goal is massive. Finishing the two legs at home is an advantage for us.’

Chelsea next entertain Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, in the FA Cup, for what is another intriguing contest.