Gary Cahill, a scorer in yesterday’s 3-0 win away at Everton, was delighted with a huge result, particularly given the Toffees’ impressive home record.
The skipper scored his second goal in a week to make it 2-0 after Pedro had given us the lead with a stunning strike. Willian came off the bench to complete the scoring as we won for the third game in succession.
Everton had gone into the game looking for a ninth consecutive home victory but despite hitting the post in the first minute, Ronald Koeman’s side rarely looked like scoring and the Blues were able to keep a first Premier League clean sheet since January.
‘We’ve done what we needed to do,’ said Cahill. ‘It was a great victory, you saw the celebrations. I said last week this was a cup final, a massive game for us and certainly one of our hardest games. The form they’ve been in at home proves that, so for us to win 3-0 was fantastic.
‘It was convincing in the end but we had to work very hard for it. In the first half it was very tough and we felt we had to go to the next level, we spoke about not leaving anything out there in the second half and the lads did that.
‘What a special goal from Pedro as well, at times in games you need a little bit of class and that’s what he gave us today. He’s a fantastic footballer and he whipped it in the top corner. That gave us a platform to go on because they had to commit players forward and we got the second and the third.’
Having scored an important goal against Southampton last Tuesday, Cahill popped up with another crucial strike – his sixth of the season – to all but wrap the game up.
‘I felt there was a chance he Eden Hazard would put it at the front post and I just tried to get across,’ he said. ‘It’s another goal for me and I’m delighted, it’s a huge result for us.’
Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Arsenal means the gap at the top remains at four points, but three victories from our remaining four matches would guarantee the title.
‘We’ve been saying in our dressing room that we expect them to win every single game, so it’s down to us and it’s in our hands,’ Cahill said. ‘They’re pushing us until the end.’