Cahill - Chelsea are tired

Gary Cahill thinks Chelsea's gruelling fixture list is harming their chances of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

Last Updated: 26/02/13 at 08:17 Post Comment   

Gary Cahill thinks Manchester City were the fresher team on Sunday.

Gary Cahill thinks Manchester City were the fresher team on Sunday.

Sunday's 2-0 loss at Manchester City was Chelsea's 46th game of the season, five more than Arsenal, who have played the most games out of their immediate rivals for a top four spot.

Chelsea's international players have not had a week's rest since losing the European Super Cup to Atletico Madrid on 31 August and central defender Cahill told Chelsea TV that the demands being placed on the team are having an effect.

"Unfortunately, it does take its toll," he said. "I think sometimes a little bit of fatigue plays its part.

"We haven't had a clear week for about 29 weeks and you're expecting to go into games feeling 100 per cent fresh, trying to push on further in all competitions.

"They (Manchester City) had a clear week and we've had a ridiculous amount of games. I think it told, I thought they were a lot fresher and sharper."

The Chelsea defence managed to thwart a series of Manchester City attacks before Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez were on target after the break.

And Cahill added: "I had way too much (to do).

"Normally, at a big club, you probably get asked to do three or four important things in a game but we probably had 20 or 25.

"Unfortunately, if you keep getting asked the question, ultimately there's going to be a goal. I felt they were on top of us for most of the game. They just kept coming at us and coming at us.

"You defend one and defend two but, sooner or later, one is going to go in and that's what happened.

"We didn't really create many chances. We had to defend as a team a lot and we paid the price in the end."

There is no respite for Chelsea because they are at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Wednesday, play host to West Brom on Saturday, and then travel to Steaua Bucharest for the first leg of a Europa League tie next week.

"It's something that we have got to deal with," said Cahill. "We've got the two cups and obviously trying to get the Champions League spot.

"That's our aim from now until the end of the season, that's our focus. We have to go again.

"All three are in our own hands so we need to keep going and plug away and make sure we achieve the goals we want to achieve."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: 'Happy' Olivier Giroud wants long-term Arsenal future

Olivier Giroud has pledged his long-term future to Arsenal and wants manager Arsene Wenger to do the same.

Premier League: Liverpool continue title quest with 3-2 win at Norwich

Liverpool continued their march towards the title with a 3-2 win at Norwich to move five points clear at the top.

Transfer News: Gareth Barry to decide on Everton future at the end of the season

Gareth Barry has stated that a top-four place will not affect his decision whether to sign a permanent deal at Everton.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property