Cahill wants Chelsea to retain attacking spirit

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has admitted he hopes the Champions League winners keep up their attacking football for the rest of the Premier League season, despite it putting more pressure on the side’s back line, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The Blues put four goals past newly-promoted Reading in midweek with Eden Hazard in particular a threat going forward, but by contrast Chelsea also conceded two and Reading looked dangerous throughout the match.

But Cahill has acknowledged that Chelsea cannot ask the likes of Hazard to play any differently, and that the quality of the Belgian and the players around him – including Juan Mata and Oscar – means the more prosaic players in the squad will have to learn to cope.

Cahill said: “Maybe defensively we might be a little bit more exposed. That is something us at the back have got to organise and try and deal with. I don’t think you want to stop the way [Chelsea’s forwards] play because I thought they were fantastic.

Hazard has now won two penalties and provided three assists in his two league appearances since his £32m move from Lille this summer. He has been joined at the club by the likes of Brazil international Oscar and his Germany counterpart Marko Marin as part of a recruitment drive costing more than £60m.

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