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Cahill: Chelsea have 'given up a lot of lifelines' in the Premier League already

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Who wants to be a defending Premier League champion?

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As improved as the second half performance was on Saturday, the sad reality remains that we've dropped two more points in our bid to recover from the disaster that was the opening month of the season.  It's not completely tragic just yet, as thanks to City losing to Spurs, we remain just 8 points behind new leaders Manchester United at the top of the table.  And thanks to the point we did salvage, we're just 5 points off last year's haul from these same set of seven fixtures with which we've started the season.

"We started the fixture with an eight points difference to the top of the league and we finished it with an eight points difference and one match less away from home, in a stadium where it's always difficult for us."

-Jose Mourinho; source: Chelsea FC

Rationalizations unfortunately will not gain us any points.  Only improved performances will.  (And not just for 45 minutes at a time.)  There isn't much margin for error left in the league.

"We've given up a lot of our lifelines now. We have given up too many ­opportunities and if we'd have lost this game today, who knows? Man City lost, so it was time for us to capitalise. But Newcastle are fighting for their lives and they got their fans onside when they went up, which wasn't great for us."

"We got a point, but we leave disappointed."

"I thought the subs had a massive impact. We were unlikely, as mad as it was, not to come away with three points. So we will take a point from that after a bad first half. You can't start like that. It's flipping every time we come to this stadium. We have not had the best of luck here."

-Gary Cahill; source: Get West London

The second half comeback is certainly something to build on.  The only way forward for the squad is to concentrate on the positives.

"If we play like we did in the second half we can win every match. But if we play like we did in the first half we can lose every match. I don't believe in both extremes. I don't believe we are always going to play like we did in the first half or like we did in the second half."

-Jose Mourinho; source: Chelsea FC

Next weekend's home match against Southampton is yet another must win, especially with another two-week international break coming up right after.  Meanwhile, there's this Porto trip to contend with as well.  Things won't be easy for a while, that's for sure.  Buckle up!