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Speaking during the international break, Gary Cahill has issued a warning to his teammates in regards to how they must approach the end of their tough schedule.
After the Eagles take on Liverpool in the next Premier League outing, Roy Hodgson’s side will finally be over an extremely challenging run of fixtures that has seen them take on Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea – Palace have earned just one point from those four games.
After the European champions leave Selhurst Park, the south Londoners take on Burnley, Bournemouth and Watford – Hodgson’s side don’t have to face a side currently in the top four until they go to the Etihad Stadium on January 18.
Cahill told Football London: “It is very dangerous to think that coming out of these fixtures [against the top sides] it is going to be alright, you have to go the other way, and go even harder, as hard as you possibly can.
“Coming out of the back of these fixtures, we have to go even harder and that’s how we will get results to climb up the league. But there is a fantastic character within this team and I think we will be fine, and I am looking forward to the coming weeks after the international break.”
If you were a part of this Palace squad, why wouldn’t you listen to a man of Cahill’s experience and pedigree?
The 33-year-old has won the lot, and whenever he opens his mouth at Selhurst Park to share some footballing insight, everyone present should adhere to it.
Cahill has won 61 caps for England, as well as two Premier League titles, the Champions League, two Europa League titles, two FA Cups and the League Cup, while also being named in the PFA Team of the Year on three occasions – there really isn’t much that the former Bolton man hasn’t won in English football, if anything.
Quite simply, there is no-one in Palace’s squad right now who has anything near Cahill’s level of experience in English football, and his word of warning to his teammates about how they must operate following the tough run of fixtures should be listened to closely.