Thursday 14 December 2017

'We go all in now'- Chelsea's Gary Cahill bullish after PSG loss

Gary Cahill pursues Angel Di Maria AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Gary Cahill pursues Angel Di Maria AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill were keen to talk up Chelsea’s hopes of a place in the Champions League quarter-finals after a 2-1 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Paris.

A late Edinson Cavani goal gave the French champions a tight lead head into the second leg in west London, but a 1-0 Chelsea win would be enough to send the Premier League champions through.

Jon Obi Mikel’s first half away goal ensures the tie is intriguing poised, with Cahill suggesting home advantage could now be decisisve for the Blues.

"We are more confident at home, we know what we need to do,” stated Cahill. “We knew how tough it was to come here and get a result. The way the tie is poised we have done it before at home. We go all in now."

Meanwhile, Ivanovic admitted Chelsea were stretched to the limit by PSG, but he was equally convinced a route to the last-eight of the competition can be found.

"It was a very difficult game,” said the Chelsea defender. “We needed to try to play our game and we tried to score the away goal. They scored which was massive for them, but we kept going. We know we have to do everything to win at home and go through.

“We came here with courage to try and score the goals and we had a couple of chances before they scored. We lost concentration in the end. We were a little bit open. With top strikers like PSG have, they take every single chance. We have to be more compact and more careful, these small details can decide a game."

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