Chelsea defender Gary Cahill admits that the Blues are low in morale following their Champions League exit to Paris Saint-Germain, and need a big win to lift their heads.
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The England international scored in the 81st minute in the last 16 second-leg tie with PSG, a goal which he surely must have felt was the decider, but admits his side’s failure to hold on for the victory has been a huge blow.
The draw against Southampton on Sunday was similarly disappointing, and the 29-year-old admits they are need to get back on track:
“We are desperate – actually desperate is not the right word – but we are looking for the next convincing win,”
Cahill was quoted by the Telegraph.
“The next win to get us back up and running. It’s not the end of the world. Man City dropped points and we picked up another point against Southampton.
The centre-back added: “But we are looking for the next result. Obviously there was disappointment in the week.
“It’s hard to gather momentum coming into a game when it was disappointing just a few days ago but I’m sure we will kick on.
“Now we are out of the competitions apart from the Premier League we can prepare well, which is rare for us, for the next game which is important.”
The Premier League leaders have been formidable since the New Year’s Day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, losing just one in their last 15 games, but with Manchester City trailing just six points, and Arsenal and Manchester United hitting form, there is no time for a Champions League hangover from Mourinho’s men.