Blues moved to top of the table for the first time in 21 months.
LONDON: Gary Cahill insists Chelsea are determined to remain in pole position in the Premier League title race when they face Newcastle on Saturday.
The Blues moved to the top of the table for the first time in 21 months when they beat Reading 4-2 on Wednesday to make it two wins in two games at the start of the campaign.
A third successive victory over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge will confirm the position of Roberto Di Matteo’s side among the early pacesetters and maintain the upbeat mood that has followed victory in last season’s Champions League final. That defeat of Bayern Munich delivered the one trophy that was missing from the club’s trophy cabinet.
But Di Matteo has already declared the priority this season is to close the gap on champions Manchester City and runners-up Manchester United after last season’s disappointing sixth-place Premier League finish.
And England defender Cahill confirmed the Italian’s message has got through to Chelsea’s players.”The manager stressed before the Reading game that we haven’t been top of the league for a long time and, although it’s early, it’s nice to be sitting there,” Cahill said.”It is something we needed to address this season and it has been drilled into us.
“It’s important that we challenge this year and we have made a good start.”The form of Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has provided an early highlight with the Belgiam quickly settling into life in the Premier League.