Chelsea will look to bounce back from their 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road last week when they host bottom of the table West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, and Blues fans have demanded that Antonio Conte doesn’t start key figure Gary Cahill.
The club captain was one of those in particular that struggled against the Hornets, and he has often come under criticism for some of his performances for the Premier League holders this season.
The skipper started alongside Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz at the back in Hertfordshire, and Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen – if he is fit enough to be involved after a hamstring injury – could be in contention to come into the back three against the Baggies.
Chelsea supporters were quick to have their say on Cahill via social media, and while one said “as for Cahill I just can’t understand why he plays him”, another said “if Cahill starts I won’t watch the match”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I can do that when I like the XI. When Cahill starts, I can’t be THAT positive
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) February 12, 2018
If Cahill starts I won't watch e match, I can't bare watching my team being humiliated. Seeing Hazard wondering what more he can do 4 e club. He scores, seconds later they concede
— King M (@Melindlovu1) February 12, 2018
Not if Cahill starts
— CFC Dubliner™ (@Johnmc213) February 12, 2018
Depends if Cahill starts
— My Chelsea (@MyChelsea1905) February 12, 2018
if Cahill starts then Sturridge will get a hat trick
— Mark Loh⚽️ (@kraMhoL) February 12, 2018
Oh he definitely will, Conte is either too deluded or too shook not to play him
— ChelsFinest (@ChelsFinest) February 12, 2018
Stop playing three at the back and bench Bakayoko until he starts putting in performances worthy enough of starting a game. We should revert back to a four to be more solid defensively, freshen up the tactics and formation. Cahill should be dropped as he's in bad form right now.
— Tom Andrews (@CarefreeTom_182) February 12, 2018
play Cahill and lose 7nil https://t.co/eXJIFaHh9d
— Ξ Δ C Η ¥ (@itz_Qweysi) February 12, 2018
He plays him(Bakayoko) as an indirect insult to chelsea's board, about how incompetent they've been regarding transfers. He knows the guy is not good. He's literally saying to the board, " look at what you bought me". As for Cahill I just can't understand why he plays him
— Nana Yaw (@Nanayaw_) February 12, 2018