Reaction: Right response
news Tue 19 Aug 2014
Two of the players involved in last night’s 3-1 win at Burnley have been looking back on our opening game of the campaign, with plenty of positives to take from an impressive performance.
Gary Cahill praised the reaction of the players after we overcame an early deficit to take three points back to the capital.
The Blues fell behind in the 14th minute when Scott Arfield fired the hosts in front, but three Chelsea goals in the space of 17 first-half minutes swung the balance of the contest in our favour.
‘I enjoyed it because we won the game and we played some great football at times,’ said Cahill, who partnered John Terry in the centre of defence.
‘Obviously it wasn’t ideal that we went 1-0 down but the reaction from the lads was fantastic and we kind of put the game to bed in the first half. It was a sticky scoreline because if they get one back it’s game on, but in the second half they played very direct as we probably would have expected and it was a tough game, which we knew it would be, but we’re thrilled with the three points.’
Cahill is no stranger to Turf Moor having spent a large part of the 2004/05 campaign on loan at the club, and he wasn’t surprised by the manner in which Sean Dyche’s side started the game.
‘It’s a tough place to come; we knew they would be direct, strong and they can play as well,’ he explained.
‘The first game here, with the atmosphere the way it was, was always going to be tough, but we’re off to a good start.’
Jose Mourinho’s men face another newly-promoted team at the weekend, with Leicester City the visitors to Stamford Bridge, and while Andre Schurrle, scorer of our second goal, was pleased with last night’s display, he believes there is more to come.
‘In the first half we had a lot of chances and we could have scored more, but for me it was good with my goal and I’m happy we won,’ said the German.
‘We have a lot of work to do, we can play better. We played well but there’s always room for improvement.
‘They [the new signings] all played very well, Diego scored his first goal which was very important for him, We saw with Cesc he always wants the ball, he likes to produce passes, like he did for me with the goal. Didier came on, you could see how much the fans love him and he almost scored.’