Gary Cahill admits that his recent mistakes have been “ridiculously bad”, but he remains unworried.
The Chelsea defender has made two high-profile errors in the Premier League so far this season, both of which have resulted in goals.
He was robbed of the ball by Leroy Fer against Swansea in a 2-2 draw in September, while the same happened against Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal in a recent 3-0 defeat.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has now reverted to a three-man central defence after an indifferent start to the season, and Cahill is not allowing the criticism to get to him.
“I don’t care what anybody says, I don’t listen to anybody,” Cahill told BBC Radio 5live. “The only people I have to prove myself to is the manager of the football club that I’m playing at and my team-mates that I’m playing with.
“For me, my form up to Swansea [last month’s 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium] was fine. I was playing well, I was happy. But then I made a few big errors and we all know that when you make a few errors in football, basic ones as well, it gets noticed. I’m not stupid.
“If you make a couple of mistakes in a couple of big games, then all of a sudden the whole season is tarnished like you’re having a bit of a nightmare. Yet it’s not like you can turn around and say ‘he’s lost his legs or is being beaten all ends up.’
“I basically made my own mistakes out of nothing, so as ridiculously bad as they were, they are also easy to correct.”