Gary Cahill spoke of the collective disappointment following our 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday, and with a Champions League quarter-final to come this week, admitted the players must respond in a positive manner.

The Blues suffered a fifth Premier League defeat of the campaign at Selhurst Park, with the players unable to respond having fallen behind to a John Terry own-goal six minutes into the second half.

 Jose Mourinho acknowledged in his post-match press conference that unlike our previous defeat, at Aston Villa, the home side had been the better team, sentiments echoed by Cahill.

‘Mentally we have to be right,’ he said. ‘We have to be ruthless, go to places like Selhurst Park and do a job. We knew it was going to be a difficult game but we have to get the job done, unfortunately we didn’t do that.

‘There were times when Palace made it difficult for us, they played a lot of long balls and a lot of direct football but it’s disappointing. We didn’t really create much apart from Eden’s chance in the second half, which was a fantastic save.

‘We feel we had enough to win there and in previous weeks we created a lot more than we did against Palace.’

How significant the loss of three points will prove in regards to the outcome of the title race remains to be seen, but Cahill believes we may have left ourselves with too much to do.

‘If I’m totally honest probably, yes, that’s certainly how I felt at the end of the game,’ he said.

‘It hurts losing any football match and it certainly hurt at the end of the game because we knew how vital three points would be. For us to not get them is very damaging.

‘It’s massively disappointing, the feeling at the end of the game was horrible but all we can do is keep pushing and try to win our games.’

Immediate attention now turns to the Champions League, with the Blues travelling to the French capital tomorrow ahead of Wednesday’s quarter-final first leg against Laurent Blanc’s Paris Saint-Germain.

The game provides the perfect opportunity for the players to respond, and Cahill is confident we can secure a positive result.

‘We have a couple of days and then we’re away at Paris Saint-Germain, so we have to bounce back,’ said the Blues defender.

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