CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: STILL IN IT

Posted on: Fri 11 Jan 2013

Gary Cahill believes we can take inspiration from last season's successful Champions League campaign when we attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Swansea City in the second leg of our Capital One Cup semi-final.

Michu put Michael Laudrup's side in the ascendancy six minutes before the break with a clinical finish following a mistake by Branislav Ivanovic, before Danny Graham left us with a mountain to climb in the return when he doubled their lead in the 90th minute.

Cahill, however, believes the tie is still alive, and having seen us overcome the odds in the past, sees no reason why we can't do it again in a fortnight's time, as he told Chelsea TV.

'I've found Swansea a difficult place to go,' said the Blues defender. 'On my last three visits I've had two draws and a defeat, but we proved last season in the Champions League we can do it.

'Against Napoli we were 3-1 down and we turned it around at home, so this team can do it, and we need to do it.'

It was our second home reverse in the space of a week, following the league defeat to QPR, but with a 5-1 FA Cup win at Southampton sandwiched in between, Cahill stressed the importance of performing at a consistent level.

'I love playing at Stamford Bridge, and normally we're unbelievably hard to beat here,' he said.

'We're finding it difficult at the moment when teams camp in and make two blocks of four for us to try and break them down. QPR did the same, we have all the possession but it counts for nothing unless you create a lot.

'I felt in the first half we did create chances, and if you take one or two of them they have to come out.

'It's never over. We created enough chances to go in 3-0 or 4-0 up, and if we create those chances and take them in the away leg we'll win.

'We have been getting results; we just need to be consistent in what we're doing. Sometimes we're playing fantastic stuff, like you saw last week against Southampton, and away at Everton, and then we throw it away like we did against Queens Park Rangers, and again here.'

Turnbull, meanwhile, was at a loss to explain our poor home form of late, but feels there is more than enough quality in the squad to turn the tie around at the Liberty Stadium.

'It's just one of those situations that happen,' said the Blues goalkeeper. 'It's difficult to know what that's down to, but it's not through lack of effort.

'I think we played a good game. Obviously we lost 2-0 so it's very disappointing, but the amount of chances we had was good, as well as the statistics in terms of possession.

'They only had two chances and scored two goals, but that's football. It's only the first game, and we have the credentials and the ability to go there and win, and that's what we'll look forward to doing.'