Antonio Conte: Goalscoring Gary Cahill could play as centre forward
Gary Cahill’s 87th-minute strike against Stoke City earned
Chelsea all three points at the Bet365 Stadium, and
Antonio Conte praised his defender’s finishing ability after
Cahill has been stepping up to become the club’s temporary
on pitch-captain with John Terry increasingly finding himself
on the bench, and Cahill’s goal Saturday was his sixth of
Conte has moved Cahill to the left-hand side of a three man
defence, which has led to an impressive run of form. The Blues
boss believes that Cahill displays the finishing ability of a
striker and told Cahill to make up for giving away a first half
penalty on Saturday afternoon.
“For me, Gary, he can play also as a centre forward,” Conte
said to a group of journalists after the vital win. “He
has a good quality, he is acrobatic, he is very good during
corners and set-pieces.
“I am pleased for him because we conceded the penalty because
the referee saw a little push on Gary and then I told him to
find the solution to win. This had finished the game.
“It is a difficult moment to remember this because me and all
the players we celebrated a great win. I repeat, this is a
Conte’s side have now dropped points in just three of their
last 22 league games, which has led them to becoming strong
favourites for the Premier League title. Conte believes that
his side have a winning mentality and that they can motivate
themselves against any opposition.
“When you want to win the league, it is important to not drop
points,” he said. “Above all, when you play against a team
who are not a top team. In the middle [of the table] or at the
bottom, it is important to keep a continuity in the results.
The name of this is a winning mentality.”