Gary Cahill had an eventful day out in Wales on Saturday. For one thing, he was the beneficiary of a dangerous body slam from behind, by Jordan Ayew. No foul there, said John Moss.
Earlier, though, he kept Chelsea’s mathematical hopes for a top-four finish alive, with an amazing tackle that could have gone horribly wrong, but didn’t. Such are the margins at the top of the game. (And fortunately Moss made the right call this time as well, when he could’ve easily caved to crowd pressure and awared a penalty.)
Swansea were throwing everything at Chelsea in the second half and it was hard to escape the feeling that another one of those late-match goals was coming, depriving Chelsea of all three points.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Nathan Dyer’s about to get the ball in a perilous position, prime scoring territory. Denied by Cahill!
Swansea was the fifth consecutive match that Gary Cahill has started and finished since coming back from being deposed by Antonio Rudiger at left centre-back. All but one have been in the middle, replacing the worn-out Andreas Christensen. A career that had looked dead is so alive right now that Cahill could earn an England place in the World Cup. That tackle makes a strong argument that he deserves it.