Gary Cahill, one of only two Chelsea outfielders to play every minute of the doubler-header against Manchester United, is enjoying being part of a team that looks so good going forward, even if a few goals have been going in at the back recently.

The central defender was on the scoresheet himself in last night’s Capital One Cup victory, his fifth goal in just nine starts and one substitute appearance, levelling the tie at 2-2, only for Man United to go ahead again soon after. Time had all but run out when the Blues were awarded a penalty in the 92nd minute, rolled in by Eden Hazard to take the game into extra-time.

‘It was a massive moment us, and Eden put it away nicely,’ Cahill said.

‘We had a lot of chances and we could have put the game to bed a lot earlier than we did, but thankfully we managed to get a good battling result.

‘It is not ideal for defenders, letting goals in and there were a couple of mistakes, but that is how football is and we showed great character to come back from that.

‘We showed character to come back [from two goals down] in Sunday’s game as well, and thankfully we were on the right end of the result this time.

‘We have been more free-flowing this season, creating lots of chances up front, and maybe at times it does leave you more open at the back,’ he added, ‘but it is entertaining to watch and the most important thing is we are creating chances and scoring goals nearly every game.

‘Defensively this season we have been strong most games, and we need to get back to that, but in these crazy cup games you just need to get them won.’

By coming out on top in the cup-tie, the Blues avoided what would have been a third successive defeat for the first time in over six years. We now look to return to winning ways in the league when we travel to Swansea on Saturday.

‘It was a tough game when we went there last season and drew 1-1,’ recalled Cahill, who was fresh at the club last January. ‘It is going to be tough again but we have some momentum from Wednesday night and it was important to win after two disappointing games.’

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