CAHILL: KEEPING FAITH
Gary Cahill, in the wake of defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday night, insists the result has not dented belief within Chelsea that the season will end in achievement.
The 2-1 loss brought an end to a run of four wins but coming as it did against the team with the best home record in the country, it won't be on the minds of the players as they attempt to close the gap on Tottenham this weekend.
'We have some good results of late and the mood in the camp is positive at the moment, so we lick our wounds and go again on Saturday,' says the England central defender.
'It is important we get mentally ready to play Spurs at the weekend.
'It is a huge game and we play at home where we have some confidence now, and we look to get a positive result.
'Arsenal have hit some decent form but Spurs have been hit in the last couple of games, but it is hard to keep momentum going throughout a whole season. You always have a blip in the season and maybe it has come now for Spurs, but nevertheless they have a fantastic manager and fantastic players and it is going to be a tough game.'
It was Cahill who opened the scoring at Man City, just as he had done the previous game at home to Leicester, but unlike in that FA Cup match, the Blues couldn't maintain the lead at the Etihad.
'I felt we were organised, I felt although Man City had a lot of possession most of it was side to side, not really hurting us too much,' observes Cahill.
'Unfortunately the penalty was the turning point and they really came at us after that, but to go 1-0 up we are disappointed not to go home with at least a point.
'Man City were fresh having not played at the weekend but the lads worked tremendously hard and to do that and come away with nothing is disappointing for us all. It is always frustrating when the opposition score so late on in a game but we can't let it affect us because we have huge games coming up in the next couple of weeks.'