Cahill: City have started off full steam ahead, but it’s not even Christmas

Date published: Sunday 19th November 2017 5:07

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has warned Manchester City that they still have a long way to go before they achieve title success.

City are unbeaten through the first 12 Premier League games, currently sitting nine points ahead of the champions and eight points in front of their nearest rivals Manchester United.

However, England international Cahill believes that his side have more than enough quality to catch up to the early pace-setters.

“They’ve started off full steam ahead and that’s great for them, but we’re not even at Christmas yet, so let’s just hold fire and see how they get on,” the centre-back told Chelsea’s website.

“They look fantastic at the moment and we have taken a fair bit of criticism at times this season, but we’ve had three clean sheets on the bounce in the league now, it was a great performance and we’ve got a long way still to go.”

Cahill also reflected on the Blues’ 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

“I have to admit it was a superb performance from us, from every single player, and collectively we are very happy,” the 31-year-old said.

“I felt we played some good football, we kept the ball when we needed to and we scored goals. We saw a bit of everything from us, so performance-wise it was very, very good.

“We were away from home so we expected to be under a bit of pressure, especially early on, and they did come out of the traps pretty quick.

“We had five or 10 minutes where we had to get hold of the game, but I thought we dealt with that very quickly and once we had control of the game, we went from strength to strength.

“I’m sure they found it very difficult to play against us, we always seemed to have an option to get out of trouble and there was a lot of composure on the ball, which allowed us to keep it for long periods.

“So it was a great team performance, one we have kind of been waiting for, and the scoreline we have been kind of waiting for, so we’re delighted.”

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