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Cahill previews rest of Chelsea’s season: ‘We still need to do the things we need to do’

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After a two-week break, Chelsea are set to resume our Premier League title charge this weekend against 16th-placed Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Prior to the break, Chelsea were tested in physical clashes against Manchester United in the FA Cup and Stoke City in the league, two teams who wanted nothing more than to kick the Blues off the pitch. Acting captain and England’s Brave Gary Cahill was pleased by how the team fared against such physicality and tactics.

"It was good for us to send a message in these games. We have played better this season than we did in those two games but we managed both those situations well and got the job done at a crucial time of the season."

"We are pleased. Teams have tried to play in different ways and systems against us but we have coped with it really well. We work really hard for each other on and off the pitch, which is the main thing. It’s been a good season up to now but we know we have to keep going."

A busy and challenging April lies ahead. By the end of the month, the Blues will have played against Manchester City and Southampton at home, Manchester United and Everton away, and Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley.

Although Chelsea have beaten all those sides before, they will all surely come into these games with their best-laid plans to derail our attempts at winning the league and the Cup. Still, Cahill is confident that the Blues will be able to adapt to these situations and earn the results we need, just as we have done so throughout the current season.

"It’s a case of adapting to different situations. Sometimes we have played our football and everything goes nicely but it’s not always going to be like that. Teams won’t always let you do that and they shouldn’t, either."

"It’s the way we have adapted to the situations that has been the most pleasing this season. Plus the way we are managing games. For example, there was a lot of stop and start in the first half in our win at Stoke, fouls and heated situations which could have boiled over."

"We could have got into a scrap with them but they would have been the ones to benefit. It’s just about managing the situations and still playing our football. The manager stresses all the time that we still need to do the things we need to do."

-Gary Cahill; Source: London Evening Standard

Despite the ten-point lead in the league, nothing is won yet. It’s time to work hard, fight, and pay attention once again.