CAHILL: CAN'T COMPLAIN

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

In the midst of the season's busiest period, Gary Cahill insists he would have it no other way.

Crucial games are approaching all the time for Chelsea at present with us still competing in three competitions, and after two big Barclays Premier League clashes in four days, we now turn our attentions to Europe and a trip to Lisbon and Benfica tomorrow evening.

For Cahill, it sums up why he wanted to head south from Bolton Wanderers in January.

'It's been non-stop the last few weeks playing big, important games, they are coming thick and fast so it's important to rest up as much as possible because it is tough,' said the defender following Saturday's goalless draw against Tottenham.

'I can't complain about the games coming up because they're the competitions I want to play in, every game here is a big game, so we rest up and look forward to playing football.

'At the minute there's not really any need to train, recovery is more important. Robbie has used the squad and rotated a few players, but it is tough. The days we got off are important to rest and get fresh for the next game.'

The 26-year-old's form has been impressive in recent weeks, and it was his block from Emmauel Adebayor's effort that ensured a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.

Cahill blocks Adebayor

'I think we were solid, really solid in midweek but Saturday was nice to get a clean sheet because they are a threat when the ball turns over,' Cahill said.

'I was disappointed in the first instance because I made the wrong decision stepping up for offside so I was pleased to make amends with the block.

'I was just disappointed with making the wrong decision so to rectify that was as good as a goal.

'Pete pulled off a terrific save, Ashley threw himself in front of two blocks, and JT likewise, so we know how important it is to keep clean sheets and we did that.

'I am happy with how things are going at the minute. When I first came we played Man United at home and Napoli away, so to play at the standard I expect of myself was hard, but now I'm back to where I should be and need to maintain that.

'We have to be confident. Our form of late has been good. We know we have to win the majority of games we have left, and that's our target.

'Everyone was saying how bad a season it was, but we're in a quarter-final and a semi-final and are pushing for fourth in the league. It's an important period.'