Gary Cahill believes Chelsea’s array of attacking talent can help them make a sustained challenge for the title, according to the Guardian.
“It’s important that we challenge this year and we have made a good start,” Cahill said.
The Blues’ 4-2 victory over Reading on Wednesday night demonstrated their attacking prowess, with the likes of Eden Hazard rising to the occasion on his home debut and the arrival of Oscar, who could add another dimension upfront.
“We have got attacking-minded players that want to show their flair and ability, it’s exciting to see those boys playing their stuff.
“They are top players, they create space. Mata, Hazard and Oscar … the list goes on. I think moving players around gave us the creative edge against Reading”, continued Cahill.
It is hoped this attacking talent will propel Chelsea to the title, after their disappointing sixth-place finish last season- a whopping 25 points behind Champions, Manchester City.
Manager, Roberto Di Matteo, has highlighted the psychological advantage of his side being top of the league, and stressed the need for greater consistency this season.
In Cahill’s own words, Chelsea “were not boring” after the six-goal thriller, but it is clear that they could continue to leak goals this season.
Cahill admitted some fault for Pavel Pogrebnyak’s header, while Petr Cech should have done much better with Danny Guthrie’s long-range strike.
The Blues conceded 46 goals in 2011/12, a statistic which would have been unimaginable during previous campaigns, especially when the club broke a new record in the 2004/05 season- conceding just 15 goals.
Chelsea will have to be better defensively when they host Newcastle tomorrow, with the likes of Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba seeking to create havoc.