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Chelsea earned a clean sheet against one of the most prolific attacks in the Premier League as Antonio Conte‘s men secured a crucial win against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager believes the whole team deserves compliments for their defensive clearances: “I think we played as a team, not just one player” Conte said.

“I think he is an important player, but not just him. Firmino and Mane are top strikers. They score 70 goals with these three players, for this reason they stay in this position. You can see a great work and I think it is right also to give them a great compliment”.

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Cahill agreed with the Spaniard when it came to the manner in which we picked up a third consecutive league victory, all on the road and all with the captain at the heart of our defence.

‘It was tough,’ he said. ‘They need results and they pushed hard at the end.

‘They gambled, put a lot of men forward and made it difficult for us at the end. We needed the win, so a good performance and a good win. It was not always pretty but we dug in and got the result.

‘It looked very difficult to get in the top four a few weeks ago, but let’s see,’ Cahill added.

‘It puts a little bit of pressure on. I’m sure they are used to it, but we have done our job, and all we can do is try and win every single game from now until the end of the season and see where that takes us.’

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has claimed he’s tired of proving himself:  the English defender, 32, is hoping he can keep his place in manager Antonio Conte’s squad for the rest of the season and earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, since he was not selected having for last March friendlies.

“I realise the manager has decisions to make. I realise I’m not getting any younger,” the Blues skipper said.

“I don’t feel like I need to prove anything. I’ve proven it before, time and time again. It gets tiring after a bit, if I’m honest. Maybe that’s just football, maybe that’s just the way my past has gone, I don’t know.”

“Everything is a possibility when you’re playing, hence why I am happy. I am back out there and let’s see what happens at the end of the season. We have gone into the final and the World Cup is coming, so let’s wait and see.”


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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, believes it is very difficult for the Blues to qualify for the next Champions League, as Tottenham and Liverpool are very good teams and it’s unlikely they will drop a lot of points in their last Premier League‘s games.

I mean, I am not being negative by any stretch, but the games are running out and the teams in there are very good, so if they do let it up it’ll be very, very surprising,” Cahill said after the Fa Cup semifinal vs Southampton“(There is) that gap and the point difference, but the obvious thing is all we can do is win our games. We got a decent result at Burnley and we just need to keep winning.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill admitted, speaking in an exclusive interview with London Evening Standard, this season “has been tough so far”.

The defender said: “It has been hard having to sit out massive games, watching us fall by the wayside and not being able to have a huge impact on that. People can argue that as a captain you can still have an impact in the dressing room but it’s difficult when you’re not playing in those big games”.

“We have slipped out of the Champions League and are now in fifth position in the table, so that’s disappointing. I don’t want to say it has been a surprise to be left out; it was more disappointing. I don’t care what anyone says about form, in certain moments of the season and in certain big games, I could finish tomorrow and be proud of what I’ve done in the past”.

“I have proved myself over the years. No doubt, the last few months have been hard to take. I have never missed that many big games on the bounce since I’ve been here. But obviously the team is the most important thing.”

Cahill still have more than a chance to be included in Gareth Southgate‘s 23-man list to play the World Cup in Russia next summer. “Of course I want to go to the World Cup in the summer,” added Cahill.

“I have played in virtually every qualifying game so if I were to miss out at the final hurdle, it would be disappointing.”

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Earlier today, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Southampton.

The Blues coach revealed his goals for the last part of the season and said he is not worried about the speculations on the name of next season’s manager: “My job is to work with these players and finish the season as strongly as possible. Conte said. “There is always speculation around our position, not only for me but for a lot of coaches. It’s our job. For me, the most important thing is to be focused on Chelsea and finish in the best possible way. We want to improve our position. It’s difficult and we know that, but at the same time we have to give everything to get points and then to see what happens at the end of the season. It will be very difficult to reduce this gap, but we must try to do this until the end of the season.”

During his press conference Conte also spoke about Drinkwater and Christensen: “Danny is having an unlucky season,” Conte said. “He started this season with a problem in his calf, then he continued to have problems. Now he is struggling with a problem in the groin. We are talking about a good midfielder, a good player. I trust him.”

“We are talking about a young player.” – then the Blues manager went on about Christensen. “For him it is the first season playing at this level. Playing at this level means you lose a lot of mental energy. It could be that he is a bit tired in this respect. At the same time, to have the possibility to play Gary Cahill is right. We are talking about an important player not only for Chelsea, but also for the national team. I have this opportunity to make rotations, especially in the defensive line. When I see some situations, I try to change something. For sure Christensen can contribute in the last few weeks of the season. I have four central defenders at the moment. From now until the end I will make rotations and give everyone the possibility to play.”

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After the draw at home against West Ham Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has surrendered in the pursue of a Champions League place for the next season:

“If you’re asking me if Tottenham are going to drop eight points plus, it is not going to happen,” the Blues skipper said after yesterday’s game.

“A good team is not going to let that kind of lead slip. We’ve done it before when we were top of the league, it doesn’t slip. If you’re a good side, which they are, it doesn’t slip.

“I will be very, very doubtful if that is the situation. The way that me and my teammates play, we don’t give up on anything, but we know that the season hasn’t gone to plan.

“The league is where it is at the minute and we have the FA Cup to rescue the season. The season is about trying to win the FA Cup.”

Cahill reckons what happened in yesterday’s derby against the Hammers, with Chicharito Hernandez equalising with less than 20 minutes to go and with Chelsea in control of the game, reflects what happened in the whole season:

“It sums up this season to be honest,” he told ChelseaTV.

“The amount of chances we had in the first half was incredible. We created them, we started the game really well, but we didn’t take them and obviously 1-0 is a dangerous scoreline against anyone in this League.

“Ruthless is the word. We should have been more ruthless as a team and kill the game off early on. I was just waiting for the second goal. It was all there apart from the end product and that was the frustration for the whole team.

“We’re not just digging out the forwards here. At 1-0 we needed to see the game out at the back. But it seems to be the trend of this season: a little break, ball gets squared back and goal. We got punished and lost three points.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, as well as forward Alvaro Morata, (Spain) has not been selected in the England squad to face Holland and Italy next week. Antonio Conte believes the defender deserves to be called in Gareth Southgate‘s final selection to play the World Cup in Russia next summer.

Conte told Chelsea’s official website: “For sure you are talking about a really good player, with great quality as a player and also human qualities. It is difficult for me with my past to speak about the decisions of the manager of the national team. We have to respect, also because this is not the final call for the World Cup. Maybe the manager wants to try or find out new solutions. There are a lot of thoughts in the mind of the coach before preparing the final list, and you have to try to have a very clear mind”.

“This is the last opportunity for the managers of the national teams to explore new situations. Gary is a player who for his experience and for the quality of the player and the person, I hope he goes in the national team and plays another World Cup. Usually with the national team, you can call also players who are not playing with regularity. When I was coach with the national team, it happened because I trusted in the players and it can happen that when a player is with a great team with a lot of competition, you can stay on the bench”.

Also Alvaro Morata has a clear chance to be included in Spain National Team again, according to the Italian manager: “I understand it is a hard time but there is only one way, to work hard and show that you deserve to play for the national. team That is the only way, not to complain, and I can help them to improve and to work very hard and show that they deserve to go”.

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has revealed that Ryan Mason’s retirement from football was “heartbreaking”.

The Blues captain was involved in a clash of heads with the former Hull City player in January 2017 that left Mason with a fractured skull.

The ex-midfielder was forced to retire earlier this week 13 months on from the injury for the consequences of it, news which Cahill was “devastated” to receive.

“I was devastated to hear that Ryan Mason has retired from professional football this week, I can’t even imagine what he’s feeling and going through, having to retire at such a young age, and when I heard the news it was heartbreaking,” the defender told Chelsea’s official programme in last night game issue.

“I’ve got a son and a beautiful fiancee around me, so these are the sort of things that mean more to you than football when things are put into perspective. Challenging for the ball in the air is such a common thing and you never expect consequences like this to come from it.

 “That is when football goes totally out of your thoughts and it becomes about making the best decision for your health. I want to spend my best wishes to Ryan and his family. The most important thing in life is your health, and I am sure he will now go on to be successful in whatever he chooses to do next.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill claimed he is tired by the way the Blues are criticised every time they lose a game or things go wrong and not only he underlines the fact that the club have won many trophies in the last few season, but also that the team has found everytime the strenght to bounce back from the difficult moments.

I’m not knocking Liverpool and Spurs whatsoever because they have played some fantastic football and have some terrific players,” Cahill told the London Evening Standard. But you put it into context — we are sandwiched in the middle of those two and yet everything seems rosy there and it’s all drama and a disaster here. It’s been that way a lot of the time since I have been at Chelsea and it does get tiring. In 2016 we finished 10th, then the next year we dominated the league. Things like that stick in your memory when you have difficult times like this. When there has been a down at this club, we have bounced back in a fantastic manner and going forward I see no issues.”


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