Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has hit back at Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho over his ‘defensive’ jibes by insisting it doesn’t matter how the Blues are top.
Antonio Conte’s men extended their gap at the top of the Premier League table to ten points after the 2-1 win at West Ham last night, with the goals coming from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.
United and Chelsea do battle next Monday night in the FA Cup sixth round at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues winning the earlier encounter in the season 4-0.
Mourinho has been playing the mind games ahead of the clash by calling Chelsea ‘defensive’, however Cahill isn’t bothered one bit in getting involved.
When asked about the Mourinho comments, the 31-year-old said: “I don’t care how we are top of the league. I think we are top of the league for a reason. We have been playing hard, playing well and not conceding goals. We have been scoring goals, hence why we are top of the league.
“We just want to continue that, we want to keep that going and I can’t stress enough that it’s not over. We have got a difficult month next month, which is going to be important, obviously.
“We know that we don’t listen to any noise, we know what we are doing and are fully ready and prepared to see this over the line.
“I just see that we have put ourselves in a good position. I have been there before, the year we won the league we were eight points clear of [Manchester] City and all of a sudden we were ahead on goal difference.
“I know that the points can disappear, and that is why we have to keep focused. I think everyone is aware of that and we keep the hunger that is in the team and squad at the minute, then we will be okay. Like I said, today was a fantastic result and another game chalked off.”