CAHILL KEEPING MOTIVATED IN NEW MAG
This month's special Christmas edition of Chelsea is out in both digital and print formats, with Gary Cahill the cover star.
In another packed issue, which is now available to download, the defender is the main attraction, with plenty more to keep you entertained.
Since Cahill joined Chelsea from Bolton Wanderers just under two years ago, his career has gone from strength to strength.
As well as winning the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League, the centre back has gone on to establish himself as a regular in the England side, whom he will hope to represent at next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.
In the latest issue of the magazine, he talks about the importance of remaining motivated.
'You're always going to be proving people wrong, even until the day you finish your career,' Cahill tells Chelsea. 'No matter what you have done in football, you're always proving something to somebody, but the main motivation is winning things.
'The feeling I got when I lifted the Champions League trophy, but also when people doubt me, gives me motivation. It doesn't affect me in a negative way, or even make me angry, it just gives me motivation and I think you need that as a player.'
While his move to Stamford Bridge, and the opportunity to play regular Champions League football, has undoubtedly been a positive step in his career, Cahill regularly sets his sights on new goals.
'Throughout your career you keep fighting, training hard and playing hard, trying to get to the next level. Now I'm here, I'm trying to win the league. I'm always pushing to do something, which is healthy,' he says.
'Sometimes when you're playing lower down people have an expectation that you can't handle the big games. I had loads of it when I was at Bolton and I went to the England set-up. People were constantly saying things like that. Thankfully, it's changed now. Chelsea gave me the opportunity and showed faith in me to play in these competitions.'
The 27-year-old, a regular at the heart of the Chelsea back four this season, admits he is inspired by the players he shares a dressing room with on a daily basis.
'When there's someone who's done a lot more than you, it makes you hungry to be a part of that and to try to win other things. It keeps you hungry and wanting to strive, so you never rest on your laurels.'
Cahill also talks about working under Jose Mourinho, and the demands placed upon him by the Portuguese.
'I think he's got a unique way of managing, he's been great. There's a level of expectation from him that, as players, you feel you have to match. When you've played well there's no pat on the back or well done because that kind of performance is the minimum he expects of you.
'Along with the workrate in training, that's what gets us delivering, the expectation level that he demands from his players every time we go out and play.'
Droy looks back
Elsewhere in the new magazine, Micky Droy reflects on his time at the club in the 'Chelsea Icon' feature, recalling a stunning solo goal against Cardiff City, a major European semi-final and our fanatical away support.
Chelsea's foreign legion
Our Boxing Day fixture away at Southampton in 1999 was a significant moment in the history of English football, as we became the first club from these shores to take to the field without a British player in the starting line-up. We look back on that day with help from the likes of Emerson Thome and Albert Ferrer.
Mourinho and Cole guest at Annual Lunch
Stamford Bridge recently played host to the club's 2013 Annual Lunch, where past players come together to celebrate the club's history, and supporters in attendance were understandably delighted to see special guests Jose Mourinho and Ashley Cole appear on stage. There is a focus on the afternoon in this month's Chelsea.
Cash on love of Blues
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash is the subject of this month's 'One of Us' feature, with the Australian looking talking about what first attracted him to the club, John McEnroe's bandwagon jumping and being given a chance to shine in the Maracana Stadium.
And there's more
As well as all this, the manager answers supporters' questions in 'Ask Jose', Demba Ba picks his most significant matches, plus Chelsea speaks to members of our Academy and the Chelsea Ladies.
The January edition of Chelsea is available now from all good newsagents and the Stamford Bridge Megastore, priced £3.25.
Individual digital issues of Chelsea are available for just £2.99, and you can click on the relevant link below to buy yours now.