Gary Cahill has launched an impassioned defence of his Chelsea team-mates, insisting that they cannot be at the top of their game all of the time.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Blues are enduring one of their worst runs of form in recent memory, with the club sitting just one point above the relegation zone following nine defeats in 16 Premier League matches.
Monday’s 2-1 defeat at Leicester has led to increased speculation surrounding manager Jose Mourinho’s position, but centre-back Cahill, who has lost his place in the starting line-up in recent weeks, claims their horrid run is just part of modern-day English football.
The former Bolton defender told Chelsea Magazine: “There are some great memories and I don’t think we should forget the manner in which we won the Premier League, leading from the start, which was an unbelievable achievement for everyone at the club,” he told Chelsea magazine.
“The flip side, as always with football, is that it’s a game of two halves – and we’ve had a difficult period. Last season was fantastic, this season has been tough, but we’re looking to turn that around. We’re working hard to make things right.
“Not every single minute of your career will go well, individually and collectively, and not every season will go how you want it to, but it’s how you react to that.
“You’re not a robot, you’re not going to be nine out of 10 every game.
“But when things aren’t going well, you work even harder and look for a reaction. I’m sure we’ll turn it around.”
Hmmm, interesting comments.
We’re fully aware that players perhaps can’t quite muster 9/10 performances every week, but how about 6 or 7/10? I’m sure a lot of Blues supporters would’ve settled for that this season.
Cahill will be looking to regain his place in the Chelsea team when the London club host Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
If they lose that, they could conceivably be in the relegation zone by Sunday night. Who’d have thought it.