Cahill: Promising signs

Gary Cahill is delighted with our start to the season, with the Blues having taken maximum points from matches against Burnley and Leicester City, two newly promoted teams.

Crucial points dropped last season in some matches we were expected to win ultimately proved our downfall in the Premier League, and the 27-year-old is pleased to have successfully come through both tests.

‘They were two tough games against teams that have just come up,’ said the Chelsea defender.

‘We slipped up last season in games which people expected us to take points from but the Premier League isn’t as easy as that, you have to fight every time you take to the field.

‘We’ve added to our squad, we know where we slipped up last year, so the first two games have been very important for us. Other teams have also strengthened so it’s going to be very tough.

‘We know the expectation level at the club; we always expect to be in and around there but the Premier League is very difficult.’

With the score level at 0-0 on Saturday, Thibaut Courtois made a brilliant save to deny David Nugent, and Cahill believes we are very fortunate to have two outstanding goalkeepers in the squad.

‘We’re blessed to have two of the best goalkeepers around at this moment in time which is good for the team,’ he acknowledged.

‘Pete pulled off many great saves for us last season and Thibaut did the same on Saturday to keep us in the game.'