Key Chelsea star Gary Cahill has revealed his disappointment at having been dropped by Jose Mourinho for the second-leg of the Capital One Cup against Liverpool last night, a match the Blues won 1-0 after extra-time.
A Cahill-less Chelsea side had to rely on a Branislav Ivanovic header to settle the tie, with Liverpool having proved every bit the match for the Premier League leaders over the course of the two legs.
It was the young Kurt Zouma who assumed Cahill’s usual position alongside captain John Terry, and the France international didn’t look out of place as he helped keep a clean sheet in a bid to make the spot his own.
And Cahill, whilst accepting Mourinho’s call like a consummate professional, made it known that sitting on the sidelines left him discontented.
“I don’t need to tell you how disappointed I was I wasn’t playing but the bigger picture is the team and how well we have done to get to the final in what was a difficult tie over two legs. It’s a great achievement and another chance to win some silverware with Chelsea," Cahill told talkSPORT.
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"I don’t need to tell you how disappointed I was I wasn’t playing but the bigger picture is the team and how well we have done to get to the final in what was a difficult tie over two legs. It’s a great achievement and another chance to win some silverware with Chelsea"
The 29-year-old was part of the side that let a 2-0 lead turn into a shock 4-2 defeat at the hands of Bradford City in the FA Cup at the weekend, which may have had some bearing on Mourinho’s decision.
Strong Chelsea defence
Even so, Cahill’s partnership with Terry has been celebrated as arguably the best in the Premier League, and many fans will be expecting the pair to line up for the crunch clash against Manchester City at the weekend.
Though Zouma has proven himself calm and collected when called upon Chelsea will be looking to kill off the title threat posed by Manuel Pellegrini’s men at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and in this respect Cahill is the far safer option.
Clash versus City
The former-Bolton star is experienced as they come, and with City boasting the lethal Sergio Aguero leading their line whoever is tasked with stopping him will have to be at their very best.
Of course Chelsea might not be able to rely on their talismanic version of the Argentinian, with Diego Costa staring down the barrel of a three-match ban for his perceived stamp on Liverpool ace Emre Can.
The Spaniard was retrospectively charged by the FA today for violent conduct, and if he’s found guilty of the crime then he will most certainly be missing when Chelsea welcome City.