CAHILL: FACING THE CHALLENGE
Gary Cahill hopes our rich vein of form at the end of 2012 will run into 2013 when we entertain neighbours Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The defender has played a key role in the team that has won its three Barclays Premier League fixtures over Christmas, conceding just one goal along the way, and hopes the resolve shown at Goodison Park against Everton on Sunday will carry through to tomorrow night.
'It's really hard to go to Everton and take points away. The lads were saying it was many years since Chelsea won there and that shows how tough it is. We're on a good run and it's a great few points,' he reflected on Sunday's game, which saw us go a goal behind after just a minute.
'We didn't start well at all. The first half an hour we were very slow and looked a bit fatigued. We were making sloppy decisions, and they started unbelievably well and got their reward,' he admitted. 'But in the last 15 minutes of the first half we came into it, Frank scored a crucial goal and in the second half we battled really well, so it was a great three points.
'It wasn't the prettiest of games to watch but sometimes you have to do that and we showed that side of us.'
Cahill believes that was as tough a test as we have seen since Rafael Benitez came to the club, and expects QPR will not be looking forward to their short journey across west London.
'We played Manchester City at home and had some difficult games but this was definitely a test for us, with the form they have been in has been fantastic, but we rose to the challenge and come away with what feels like a massive three points. We've got good momentum and confidence so we need to keep winning games.
'It's a different atmosphere in derbies and form goes out the window. QPR will have a lot of fans there and will be very passionate but we are at home and I don't think many teams like to come to Stamford Bridge and hopefully we'll make it difficult for them.
'We need to keep looking forward and keep that challenge in the back of our head. We'd rather have the points on the board than the game in hand but it's a challenge we need to face and coming up on Wednesday is another chance to get three points for us.'