CAHILL: Talks confidence, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Arsenal.
Gary Cahill has won every major honour in the game with Chelsea. To him it doesn't matter how many trophies you have in your cabinet ...
Gary Cahill has won every major honour in the game with Chelsea. To him it doesn't matter how many trophies you have in your cabinet at home, when you lose games, your confidence suffers. With a win in midweek, he is now looking forward to Arsenal tomorrow.
“We’ve got huge players in our dressing room who have done loads and loads in the game. It’s just normal, when you’ve had a bad run, or you lose games, certain players dip in confidence or whatever else that goes with it, that’s just natural.
The only thing that turns that around is winning games. That is why Wednesday night was so pleasing for us. It’s a small thing in terms of the period of the season, but that is the only thing that can turn things around - win, win, win. And we’ve got another chance to do that on Saturday.
The Maccabi result will be of use, of course, because we go into training in better spirits than we have been going into training. Happier, more lively.
We know the situation in the League. Saturday is a huge game. I’m not going to say it’s going to have an absolutely massive impact on the weekend, because it probably won’t. But in terms of the feel-good factor around us, it certainly will. So let’s hope so.
Both teams will be fully focused on what they’ve got to do. For us we want to build confidence. For them they will want a response.”
Chelsea will have an advantage of confidence from the midweek Champions League result than Arsenal will in what would have been a very disappointing result and performance from Arsene Wenger's side. In saying that, form literally goes out the window and games such as these come down to who wants to win it more than the other.
The good thing for Chelsea as Cahill says, is that we have a team of winners and those winning the Premier League that hadn't experienced it before, now know exactly what it takes to be Champions, something the Arsenal squad will not have been used to (apart from Petr Cech).
We have already lost to City and we cannot afford to lose this one tomorrow. I expect this will be a tight, tense affair where hopefully experience will shine through giving Chelsea the result and a much needed three points.
No matter what, Chelsea need their big players to turn up for the big game. Let's hope they do!