CAHILL: THE RIGHT DIRECTION
It is a solid defensive unit that travels to face Hull tomorrow, according to Gary Cahill.
We have conceded just one goal in our past five games in all competitions, including three clean sheets in a row on the road. That is a significant improvement from our three away games prior to the pre-Christmas trip to the Emirates, when two matches at Sunderland and one at Stoke saw us ship eight goals.
If our net is not breached tomorrow then we will have achieved three consecutive clean sheets away from home in the Premier League for the first time since late 2008, when a Luiz Felipe Scolari-managed Chelsea managed seven in a row.
Gary Cahill has been considering the art of defending away from Stamford Bridge.
'Obviously it's difficult,' he tells the official Chelsea website. 'It depends on lots of things, like how the gaffer picks the team, the individual circumstances of the game and how you approach it.
'You set out to try and keep a clean sheet every game as a defender, and thankfully we've had a couple in recent weeks away. We look to get as many as we possibly can so it would be nice to be a part of the team that ends that run.
'Coming into the game tomorrow the onus will be on us to go out and be on the front foot, and try and cause them problems. Of course being away from home it'll be tough, I don't want to jinx it but recently we've turned it round and we're heading in the right direction.'
This month marks the second anniversary of Cahill's move from Bolton to Chelsea, while an appearance tomorrow would be his 50th in the Premier League for the Blues. Such is the defender's nature, he cannot help look back without also looking forward.
'I'm a fair few appearances behind some of the lads here!' he jokes.
'Time has gone quickly but if I actually think back and look at what's been achieved in the space of two years, the finals we've won and lost, it's been amazing. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here.
'I feel like I'm improving all the time, I can still improve and I'm looking forward to hopefully many more years, and many more appearances.'