Gary Cahill says Chelsea must pick up wins against the likes of Burnley if they are to stay in the title race this season. The former England defender has challenged the Blues to grind out wins against lower-ranked opponents in a bid to sustain their strong Premier League start.
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Maurizio Sarri’s men must fight to extend their unbeaten league start to 10 matches at Turf Moor, with the Italian boss hoping Eden Hazard can shake off back trouble in time to feature.
“These are the games you need to win if you’re going to be at the top and compete come the end of the season,” said Cahill. “This is a very difficult game at the weekend going away to Burnley, everyone knows that.
“So these are the games you have to churn out the victories in. That’s the way I’ve seen it over the years and this weekend will be no different.
“But we’re prepared, the momentum’s good, the form’s good, so we’ve nothing in that respect to fear. But we’re very respectful of how strong Burnley are at home, having proved that last season.”