CAHILL: MUCH TO PLAY FOR
After helping his new side to an important victory against his former club, Gary Cahill paid tribute to his central defensive partner David Luiz, following an assured display by the technically gifted Brazilian.
Having come in for some unfair criticism from sections of the media at times this season, David Luiz has responded well, and he opened the scoring for the Blues against Bolton with a wonderful strike early in the second half.
More importantly, however, it was our first league win in over a month, and the fact we kept a clean sheet will certainly inspire the new partnership for the weeks ahead in the absence of injured captain John Terry.
'I think it was a deserved win, we had a lot of possession in the first half but they were tight and they frustrated us,' admitted Cahill. 'It was important for us in the second half that we kept on pushing and I always thought that if we got the first goal we could go on from there, and thankfully we did that.
'It was a fantastic goal by David Luiz, he's one of the best centre-backs with the ball at his feet that I've seen, I thought he was fantastic, it was a great goal and fully deserved. It didn't surprise me when he cut inside and bent it in, it was a fantastic finish.
'We're obviously working together in training, getting to know each other, especially with different languages and things like that, it takes a bit of time to come together but I was pleased, I thought it worked well.'
Cahill has endured a difficult start to his Stamford Bridge career; joining the club in the midst of a tough period in terms of results, while also, due to injuries taking their toll on the squad, adapting to a series of defensive changes.
To his credit, our January acquisition refuses to look for excuses, and believes that there is still plenty of time left for us to make this a successful campaign if we can build on Saturday's win.
'Moving mid-season to a new club would be hard anyway, what with having to move house and everything that comes with it, but you just have to get on with it and put in some consistent performances which we did today, both me and the team,' said Cahill.
'There's an expectation level from the fans and rightly so, they expect to win games and come and watch good football, and there's nothing wrong with that, it's up to us as players to try and produce that.
'We need to turn the Champions League tie around, the FA Cup is still there for us to strive towards, and obviously we need to get into a league position where we can secure Champions League football. With the quality of players we've got here, hopefully we can go on to fulfil the goals we have for this season.'
Goalkeeper Petr Cech, meanwhile, echoed Cahill's sentiments and insisted the result had been long overdue.
'We got a positive result so the atmosphere is always better when you win,' he said. 'Especially now with an international break, it's always good to go away on a good note. There was always going to be pressure prior to this game, we haven't won our home games of late and it was about time we changed that.
'It's harder when you have injuries, which we have had, it's not ideal to keep changing the back four. Gary is a new player and it would be better for him to have a run of games where the back four doesn't change, but we got a clean sheet so that's very positive.'