CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: CAHILL ON AWAY IMPROVEMENT
Gary Cahill, who is a guest on Chelsea TV's live phone-in this coming Friday, spoke to the channel in the wake of Saturday's 2-0 win at Hull City. He stressed the significance of our recent away form.
The Blues have picked up seven points from our last three Barclays Premier League games on the road without conceding a goal.
The win against Steve Bruce's side followed a 3-0 victory at Southampton on New Year's Day and the goalless draw at Arsenal, a big improvement from earlier in the season when we suffered defeats at both Everton and Newcastle.
'We talked about our away form earlier in the season and I think we've addressed that,' Cahill told Chelsea TV.
'Every game in the Premier League is massive for us, you have to win week in, week out if you want to finish at the top.'
Our defensive solidity of late has been the cornerstone of our success, with Liverpool the only team to have scored against us in our last six games. Cahill's partnership with John Terry in the middle has been important, but the defender believes we have been strong defensively throughout the side for much of the campaign.
'I think we've done well most of the season apart from the blip,' he said. 'We played Stoke and Sunderland where we conceded more than we would have liked and people thought the wheels had come off, but if you look at the clean sheets we've kept it's something to be proud of as a team.
'Someone said it's three clean sheets in a row away for the first time in five years and that's also something to be proud of.'
Almost exactly two years after moving to Stamford Bridge, Cahill made his 50th appearance for the club at the KC Stadium, and he was delighted to emerge from a tough test having secured another positive result.
'Obviously it's a pleasing achievement for me and hopefully there will be many more,' said the 28-year-old.
'I thought the second half was better than the first. We played how we wanted to play in the second half, moving the ball around and we didn't give them too many chances. They're a good side and we're pleased with the result.'
- Gary Cahill will be joined by Former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster on Friday Night Live at 6.30pm