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Chelsea star not giving up on Champions League dream

Cahill remain upbeat over his team's chances of progressing  (©GettyImages)
Cahill remain upbeat over his team's chances of progressing (©GettyImages).

Shell-shocked Chelsea players will look to the spirit of Napoli in their attempt to turn around last nights 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their quarter-final Champions League tie, according to the Mirror. 

Javier Pastore's last minute strike, means that Jose Mourinho's side need one of their great Champions League nights to reach the last four at Stamford Bridge next Tuesday. 

The Blues pulled off a similar recovery, winning 4-1 in the second leg after a defeat in Italy, against a Napoli side containing PSG strikers Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi en route to winning the European Cup in 2012. 

While the nature of the defeat made the flight back to London a sombre one, Gary Cahill and the other Chelsea players will digest their loss in quiet and subdued contemplation, hoping that they can be inspired by the events of two years ago. 

Cahill said: "It's not impossible - we were in the same situation against Napoli when we won it, and we had to get the result at home.

''We're obviously strong at home, so we have the characters to do it, but it's going to be tough. We've got performances, especially at Stamford Bridge, and we need a huge one in the next leg.

''But we're disappointed, especially with the goal at the end ~ I thought it was soft.

''It was a disastrous start. I've played for a long time now and I've been in that situation before where you go 1-0 down before you know it, for whatever reason, and you just have to try and regroup and get back in the game ~ and we did that.

''We got it back to 1-1 and controlled the first half after that. But I thought they had the second half, and the blow was at the end, with that late goal.''

Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who was at fault for Pastore's stoppage-time hammer blow, agreed with his team-mate, insisting: "We've been in this position many times and it's up to us to put it right.

''But we have 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge and we know what we have to do.''

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