Chelsea defender Gary Cahill believes that the team’s 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv gives them a confidence boost for the game against Arsenal.
Chelsea will host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and Cahill believe that the mid-week win over Tel Aviv puts the team in the right frame of mind.
“It was the ideal game for us,” Cahill told The Guardian. “We were dominant throughout, kept a clean sheet and scored four goals. It was exactly what we were looking for to try to get us up and running.
“It means we’ll go into training in better spirits than we have been going into training. Happier, more lively. Saturday is a huge game. I’m not going to say it’s going to have an absolutely massive impact on that because it probably won’t but in terms of the feel-good factor around us, it certainly will.
“It’s normal when you’ve had a bad run or you lose games that certain players dip in confidence, that’s just natural. The only thing that turns that around is winning games. That is why [beating Maccabi] was so pleasing. That’s the only thing that can turn things around: win, win, win. And we’ve got another chance to do that on Saturday.”
Arsenal lost 2-1 against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday, but Cahill doesn’t believe that the loss will have an impact on Saturday’s game.
“No one will go out on this pitch thinking about mid-week,” he said. “Both teams will be fully focused on what they’ve got to do. For us we want to build confidence. For them they will want a response [after the Dinamo result]. I don’t think it will have a major impact.”