Chelsea defender Gary Cahill believes that working daily with Jose Mourinho can help improve him as a player and benefit the England team, the
Mourinho returned to Chelsea in the summer, replacing interim manager Rafael Benitez almost six years after he left the club following his first spell in charge, and has thus far started Cahill in each one of the four competitive games for which he has taken charge. Cahill believes Mourinho’s experience coaching at the highest level can help improve players on a one-to-one basis, starting with himself.
“As a manager, he has certainly worked with the best and seen the best,” Cahill said. “I am sure he can improve the team and also individually improve players because he has worked with the best players in the world.
“Obviously, he likes you to work hard. Training is intense and he there is a certain expectation level he has got and that rubs off on the players,” Cahill added. “For him to have picked me at the start of the season has been a real positive and I hope I can take all of that into England.”
Cahill has been first choice under England boss Roy Hodgson as well, alongside Everton defender Phil Jagielka, but the former Bolton Wanderers defender feels he still has something to prove in England colours. “It would be ideal to be confirmed as first choice, it’s what you aim for, and what the manager said last month was flattering,” he said.
“I know it’s a transitional period. John [Terry] and Rio [Ferdinand] had their positions for many years and were both two top class performers. So when they went there was always going to be a void and question marks. The more games I get, the more it will help me. I’ve been settling in and feel I can play a big part.”
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