CAHILL'S CUPS

Posted on: Tue 22 May 2012

A Chelsea player for a little over four months, Gary Cahill is reflecting on his acquisition of two winner's medals already, a far cry from the relegation battle he exchanged for Stamford Bridge in January.

The 26-year-old was enduring a tough season at Bolton Wanderers before joining us during the winter transfer window, but had to be patient before making his debut against Manchester United in early February, gradually imposing himself and forcing his way into the side. Injury against Barcelona in the semi-final second leg looked as though it could rob him of a place in the Champions League Final, but the Chelsea medical staff worked hard on him, and fellow fitness doubt David Luiz, to get them fit for Munich where they put in a sterling shift to help us to our first ever European Cup.

'It is a dream come true,' Cahill said afterwards. 'When I picked up the injury against Barcelona I feared I wouldn't make this game but I am thankful to the staff that got David and I back. It's absolutely amazing.

'We were disappointed to miss the FA Cup but the lads went out and did a job there, the team stuck together throughout everything this season, which hasn't always been great, and we now have two trophies including the Champions League.

'It is still sinking in. it is so surreal. I came here to win trophies and signed for five and a half years. I didn't think I would be winning two inside six months. It's amazing.

If you had told me at the start of the season I would win the Champions League I would have thought you were joking. I'm lost for words.'

The defender praised the team spirit Roberto Di Matteo has helped rebuild since taking over in March, and pointed to one star striker in particular as reason for our triumph.

'On the night, take nothing away from Bayern who played some tremendous football, it was wave after wave, and they will feel hard done by but it has been the story of our season,' Cahill explained. 'It shows the spirit in our camp. At 1-0 down I never thought we were out of it.

'Against Barcelona we were 2-0 down with 10 men, we were 3-1 down against Napoli, dead and buried, and in all honesty Bayern played some fantastic football, we seemed to defend about 20 corners, but we defended well as a unit and dug deep. It's paid off, and Didier, the man for a big occasion, has risen again. He's a big game player and turns up on the big days.'

Cahill now has another European title to aim for, with his place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the European Championships secure. As one of four Chelsea Champions League winners in the squad, he will be hoping to take that winning mentality onto the international stage.