Cahill keen to si­lence crit­ics and prove his worth at Blues af­ter poor show­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Chelsea de­fender Gary Cahill is ea­ger to iron out the “easy to cor­rect” er­rors in his game to both prove doubters wrong and re­tain his start­ing spot in An­to­nio Conte’s first team.

Cahill has come un­der in­tense scru­tiny in re­cent weeks fol­low­ing a num­ber of high-pro­file mis­takes, in­clud­ing a glar­ing er­ror that gifted Arse­nal the open­ing goal in Chelsea’s 3-0 Premier League de­feat at the Emi­rates Sta­dium last month. “The only peo­ple I have to prove my­self to is the man­ager of the foot­ball club that I’m play­ing at and my team mates that I’m play­ing with,” said the 30-year-old.

“I made a few big er­rors and we all know that... it gets no­ticed. I’m not stupid... I ba­si­cally made my own mis­takes out of noth­ing, so as ridicu­lously as bad as they were, they are also easy to cor­rect.” Cahill’s place in the start­ing lineup is look­ing in­creas­ingly vul­ner­a­ble af­ter Chelsea signed de­fender David Luiz in Au­gust with cap­tain John Terry and fel­low cen­tre back Kurt Zouma also near­ing a re­turn from in­jury.

How­ever, the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional was un­con­cerned by the raised in­ten­sity in the bat­tle for places in the Chelsea de­fence.

“I am my own fiercest critic, I do look at my­self of course. I think that’s the way you should be and is the way I have im­proved. That’s how I got to where I am to­day,” he said.

“I don’t point (the blame) at ev­ery­body else. I look at how I can im­prove... Whether it’s club level or in­ter­na­tional level, there’s al­ways com­pe­ti­tion. It’s good.”

Cahill, who is clos­ing in on a 50th cap for Eng­land, is part of the na­tional squad for World Cup qual­i­fiers against Malta at Wem­b­ley to­day and in Slove­nia three days later.

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Chelsea’s Gary Cahill in ac­tion dur­ing a re­cent Premier League match.

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