Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Stoke

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 2 - 3 Chelsea

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Cahill: Onus on Chelsea

Defender Gary Cahill hopes Chelsea heed the instructions of Jose Mourinho and take the initiative against Schalke.

Last Updated: 06/11/13 at 08:11 Post Comment

Gary Cahill: Expects a positive showing

Gary Cahill: Expects a positive showing

Defender Gary Cahill hopes Chelsea heed the instructions of Jose Mourinho and take the initiative in Wednesday night's Champions League contest with Schalke.

The Blues are bidding to respond from Saturday's 2-0 loss at Newcastle and the defeat to Basle in the most recent Champions League home game to consolidate their place at the top of Group E.

"The onus will be on us, being at home, to be on the front foot," Cahill said.

"We're at Stamford Bridge and if we go out with the same attitude as in the away leg (a 3-0 win), I'm sure we'll be okay."

Mourinho was less than impressed with the display at Newcastle and even his half-time warning was not enough to rouse his troops from their first-half lethargy as a six-match winning run came to an abrupt and surprise end.

"The problem for me was just the attitude," Mourinho said.

"I expect my team to be much more than it was against Newcastle.

"I was frustrated because I want my team to be always active and proactive and not reactive and not waiting for things to happen.

"And I just simply didn't like (it). I want better from my team."

As an unused substitute at St James' Park, Cahill was largely absolved of blame of a result which shocked following wins against Schalke, Manchester City and Arsenal.

But he and his team-mates are after a response against Schalke, beaten 3-0 in Gelsenkirchen two weeks' ago.

The England centre-back added: "As players, you want to get straight back out there and put things right. It gives us the opportunity to do that."

Chelsea play at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League for the first time since Swiss side Basle inflicted the Blues' first home loss in the group stage of the tournament in 29 matches and nearly 10 years.

Since they have won 4-0 at Steaua Bucharest and 3-0 at Schalke, with two goals from Fernando Torres, who faces a scan on Wednesday to determine the extent of his leg injury suffered in training.

The Spain international will miss Saturday's match with West Brom, while left-back Ryan Bertrand, who withdrew from training on Tuesday, like Torres, is also absent for the Schalke contest.

Mourinho is wary of the Germans, despite the clear margin of victory in the first contest.

He added: "I don't know what they want from the group phase, if they are going to try everything to finish first or if they are going just to try to finish second and progress in the Champions League.

"I have to prepare my team for both situations. But, for sure, they are a difficult opponent and the result in Germany, 0-3, means nothing."


New Sky Bet customers: Claim free £5 bet every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Wayne Rooney cannot wait to link up with Harry Kane for England

Wayne Rooney has been gripped by the excitement surrounding Harry Kane and can't wait to link up with him against Italy.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane to make first England start in Italy

Harry Kane will make his first start for England in Tuesday night's friendly in Italy, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle starts for Italy against England in Turin

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has been handed a start for Italy in their friendly against England in Turin.

Mail Box

It's All Just A Ruse By The 'Southern Press'...

A varied Tuesday morning Mailbox, with thoughts on the England U21s, a Sterling ruse, Kane realism, Wenger coaching youth and enjoying the charity match...

Can Wenger Coach Young Players Anymore?

One Mailboxer wonders whether Wenger has still got ability to bring through young talent. Plus £50m for Sterling, stop being matey with footballers and Blackpool...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company