Sunday Observer - - SPORT - ONDON - Op­por­tu­nity

LChelsea cap­tain Ga r y Cahill a d mi t s the Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons are at a cross­roads and must re­cap­ture their form as soon as pos­si­ble. Back-to-back league de­feats to B o u r n e mo u t h and Wat­ford, in which they con­ceded s even goals, have led to ques­tions over the fu­ture of Blues boss An­to­nio Conte.

Cahill con­cedes the spec­u­la­tion over the Ital­ian's po­si­tion is start­ing to be felt by those in­side the club but in­sists the squad are united in their de­sire to turn their sea­son around.

"We are at that road where you can ei­ther turn left or right. We are on a road where the sooner we have the op­por­tu­nity to go down the right path the bet­ter, be­cause draw­ing on past ex­pe­ri­ences you have that feel­ing it's bubbling out­side the club," he told Sky Sports .

"In the club we are fine in terms of a tight group and ev­ery­one is to­gether; there are no falling-outs or clashes with the man­ager. We are fine, but we need to get back on that good path as soon as we pos­si­bly can."

Chelsea's 4- 1 loss to Wat­ford has left them 19 points be­hind lead­ers Manch­ester City and just a point above fifth-placed Tot­ten­ham, as the race for the Cham­pi­ons League places be­gins to in­ten­sify.

Cahill con­cedes it was one of his worst dis­plays for the club but says Chelsea have shown in the past that there is no rea­son panic af­ter two bad re­sults.

"I didn't recog­nise us, I didn't recog­nise my­self in that per­for­mance - I am sure on re­flec­tion the lads would say the same," he said.

"That was one of my worst per­for­mances of my ca­reer. But you are talk­ing about one game, so as well as be­ing harsh on our­selves, and rightly so, it's one game.

"We have had two bad re­sults, which has caused a bit of at­mos­phere out­side of the club, but it is only two re­sults.” to

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