Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has said the confidence gained from the Blues’ 5-1 victory over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday could provide a vital boost ahead of two season-defining fixtures in the coming week.
The England international believes the comprehensive win at the weekend is just what Guus Hiddink’s men needed as they set their sights on a long run in both the continental and domestic cup competitions.
"We want to go as far as we can in the Champions League and the FA Cup and this is a very important week for the football club," Cahill told the club's website.
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"We got off to a great start this weekend and we have arguably the biggest games of the season coming up for us now, so we go into the week with the confidence from this game and knowing how important it is going to be.”
Guus Hiddink’s men will likely face a stern test against Paris Saint-Germain, who are unbeaten in Ligue 1 this season and boast an enormous 24-point lead at the top of the table.
The round of 16 clash at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday evening will be the third meeting between the two clubs at the Champions League knockout stages in the past three seasons.
It does not get any easier for Chelsea this coming Saturday when they play host to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in a blockbuster fifth round FA Cup tie.
With Kurt Zouma ruled out for the remainder of the season and John Terry also not in contention after picking up a knock during the Newcastle match, Cahill is likely to start alongside Branislav Ivanovic in the centre of defence against PSG and City.
The 30-year-old, who has played alongside all three central defenders this season, is hopeful he and the Serb can quickly get to grips with each other should the club skipper be unavailable.
“Ivanovic has played many times centre-back, I have played with him quite a few times there but let’s hope it is not too bad and we are good to go in the next game.”
The chopping and changing in the Blues’ back four could also see Cesar Azpilicueta shift to his natural right-back position, allowing 21-year-old Baba Rahman a rare start on the left of defence.