Gary Cahill is being Chelsea captain during John Terry‘s absence and the English defender’s performances have improved a lot since Conte changed the tactical system to 3-5-2.
The Blues centre-back commented like this the win the derby against Spurs:
“It is a massive three points for us against a rival with a lot of history in this game,” he said to Chelsea TV.
“It was a big fixture and three points is all that mattered to us.
“Tottenham started very well, very bright, and we started poor which gave them a lot of momentum in the game. They got the early goal but we went in at half-time knowing we could find that second gear. I don’t think we clicked in the first half, going forward or defensively, and Dele Alli between the lines caused us a few problems early on.
“It was an unbelievable finish, a touch of class from Pedro,” he said about the Spaniard stunning equaliser.
“He whipped it into the top corner and that is the sort of player we have got, ones to change games like that. That was vital going in at half-time. We have been on the other side of that and it is not nice. The momentum shifts our way and we felt that, but coming out for the second half we knew we could play better and we did.”
“We felt we were losing a lot of duels and second balls all over the pitch, the scrappy part of the game. Tottenham were on top in that so we needed to make sure we tied that up in the second half.
“We dropped into our formation, got to grips with Dele Alli and in the second half we were reasonably comfortable.
“I am delighted for Victor [Moses] to get the second goal: he has been fantastic this season and it is another goal from him, an important goal.”