April 17, 2017

Cahill Expects 'Right Reaction'  (Sky Sports)

Gary Cahill and Zlatan IbrahimovicGary Cahill expects a quick response from Chelsea after revealing the squad was angry after their defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.

Antonio Conte's side suffered their fifth defeat of the season at Old Trafford, and the setback left them only four points clear at the top of the Premier League with six games remaining.

The Blues remain clear favourites to take the title in Conte's first season in charge but Cahill knows his side will have to play much better than they did in Manchester.

"We didn't click," the England defender told "It's disappointing. We tried to work hard in the second half, tried to push and create, but we were below the standards we've set.

"We weren't at the races and it makes us a bit angry. Let's hope it's an off day and it doesn't cost us too much.

"We expected them to start fast and we had to try and control that, and we never did."

Chelsea's next game comes against their closest rivals in the league and Cahill says there will have to be a response even though there will be an FA Cup final place up for grabs rather than Premier League points.

"We have to react in the right way," he said.

"We have to dust ourselves off and prepare for a huge semi-final, and then we go again with some important home games coming up.

"We reacted after Palace, we bounced back with two wins so it's a similar thing. We are still in a great position.

"There are only six games left, and we are still in a good position. We need to realise it's not over, we need to realise there are points to play for, and we have to dig in.

"No-one is going to give us this league, we have to work for it like we have done for the majority of this season."

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