Chelsea star Gary Cahill has branded last season as unacceptable, with the club finishing 10th just 12 months after being crowned champions of England.
The campaign started in miserable fashion with club doctor Eva Caniero clashing with then manager Jose Mourinho, and the problems snowballed from there as ‘The Special One’ was sacked in December with the club hovering just above the relegation zone.
Guus Hiddink once again came in as interim manager and helped steer the club up the table, but they still finished outside of the European spots.
And centre-back Cahill has admitted that it has been a season everyone at Stamford Bridge wants to forget, but has high hopes the team can react next term under the management of incoming boss Antonio Conte.
“The season was not good at all, it was obviously disappointing and it didn’t go to plan for us, but all we can do now is go again next season,” he told the Blues’ official website.
“We know it is unacceptable for a club like Chelsea to have a season like we have had this year. We take this bad taste in the mouth into next year because we don’t want to have it again.
“We don’t want to have a period of playing football matches for nothing. It is the worst feeling ever so we need to remember this time. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and we need to be stronger for this.”
Cahill will be part of the England squad that will compete in the European Championship this summer.