Chelsea captain Gary Cahill believes the Blues’ display against Newcastle United at St.James’ Park was below-par as Antonio Conte’s men suffered a 3-0 defeat in the last game of Premier League 2017/18 season.
The captain told Chelsea’s official website: “It was a below-par performance by ourselves. For whatever reason, we were way off the pace. Newcastle made it very difficult for us early on.”
“They started very well, but there were sloppy things from us: sloppy passes, things we shouldn’t be doing, so we are very disappointed in the dressing room. There were individual mistakes here, there and everywhere which was putting us under extreme amounts of pressure. That’s not in our make-up”.
“It looked to me like everyone had one eye on the cup final, which is very dangerous. We are very lucky that the game was somewhat irrelevant in the end as Liverpool won, because if we had come off that pitch with that performance having thrown a Champions League spot away, it would have been extremely hard to take.”