What a relief it has been to watch us get back to the winning ways, whoever the opposition was.
Hopefully, we can continue this form against Arsenal tomorrow and start our Premier League campaign, finally!
Gary Cahill, who captained the side against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the absence of Terry and Ivanovic, reflected on the Champions League win. The Englishman also talked about the kind of impact the win will have upon the game against Arsenal:
“It will be of use because we’ll go into training in better spirits than we have been off the back of a win. Everybody will be happier, more lively. We know the situation in the league so we’ll flip straight back to that and we know this 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.
“I’m sure that when it comes to Saturday nobody will be stepping out on to the pitch thinking about midweek, they’ll be fully focused on what they’ve got to do. For us, we want to build confidence and for Arsenal, they’ll want a response.”
Oscar has previously talked about the confidence building in the side and Cahill, here, reiterates the fact that the Blues will be more confident going into the Saturday’s fixture.
The defender also talked about the importance of having Oscar and Ramires back into the side, especially Oscar, who has been a top performer for Chelsea in the No.10 role:
“It’s fantastic to see Oscar back out there for us, and Ramires, who’s back fit as well.
“Hopefully Willian’s injury isn’t too bad, but it was great to see those two guys out there again. Oscar’s a top player; he plays for Chelsea and Brazil. He’s a top performer so to have him back out there is great.
“He’s another option for the number 10 role or wherever the manager wants to use him, so for sure we’d rather have him fit than not.”
It’s massive to have Oscar back into the side as this gives us extra dimension going forward.
The 29-year-old also praised Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s performance who was brilliant for the Blues, especially after collecting a booking in the first minute:
“I thought it was harsh. I’ve been there myself, in the first 30 seconds getting a yellow card for the first little tackle you do, and obviously the European referees are slightly different, so he would have been on eggshells for the rest of the game, which is never nice, but I thought he was great.
“He’s a down-to-earth guy and works hard in training. He looks the complete player but obviously time will tell how he develops and how he does here. I can only speak for when I’ve seen him in training and worked alongside him, and he’s top drawer.”
Lastly, Gary Cahill dwelled on the fact that how Chelsea dressing room has been a little bit short on confidence after an unfamiliar start to the League. The players have never found themselves in these kinds of situation before and it certainly takes a lot of characters to come back from here:
“We have huge players in our dressing room who have done loads and loads in the game, but it’s just normal that when you go on a bad run or lose games you maybe get a dip in confidence, that’s just natural.
“The only thing that turns it around is winning games and we have another chance to do that tomorrow.”
Source – Chelseafc
Yes, thrashing Arsenal tomorrow would be a start! Please do that!
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