Cahill insists the Blues have to fight to the end
Gary Cahill felt Chelsea did not reach our usual high standards in Saturday's defeat against Manchester City, but believes this Blues side has what it takes to remain in the title race.
"Of course it’s disappointing. I thought we’d play much better, especially at home so overall it was a disappointing afternoon for us. Obviously we have lost points but also I don’t think the performance was up to our usual standard."
"We didn’t play as well as we can do or as well as we have been doing, but credit to them, they made it very difficult for us. It was a tough fixture for us to play, especially after coming back at four o’clock in the morning on Thursday. It’s not an excuse but it’s a factor. We worked very hard for each other but we were a fraction off it and they were very, very good. Last season we were very confident playing at home so we will look to get back to that."
The Blues enter the international break six points behind the Citizens and Manchester United, but Cahill knows there is a long way to go in this title race and feels our experience will count for a lot as the campaign progresses:
"They are setting the pace at the top of the league at the moment, as are Manchester United. They’re both getting very good results and scoring a lot of goals, but let’s see. We’re in September, so let’s get to Christmas, January time - hopefully we’ll be in and around the top and then we’ll see from there. We’re experienced in it, but it’s disappointing to lose points here against Manchester City."
"We proved last season we’ve got enough to win the league, but we realise it’s very difficult. We’ve done it twice since I’ve been here and both times it’s been extremely difficult. Look at the strength of the teams around us, but it’s just important that we fight to the end."