Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v Chelsea

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 1 - 1 Schalke

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group G

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

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Indian Super League: Adrian Mutu and Mikael Silvestre to play in India

Ex-Chelsea and Juventus forward Adrian Mutu to sign for FC Pune City in the Indian Super League, Sky sources understand.

Premier League: Arsenal win 3-0 at Aston Villa to end the hosts' unbeaten start

Aston Villa’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by a devastating goal blitz as Arsenal enjoyed a 3-0 away win.

Premier League: Newcastle draw with Hull City as Papiss Cisse scores two

Substitute Papiss Cisse saved the day for Newcastle and under-fire manager Alan Pardew in their 2-2 draw with Hull City.

Mail Box

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

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