As he reflected on our 0-0 draw against Norwich City, Gary Cahill felt the visitors’ approach to yesterday’s game made it difficult for us to find the breakthrough.
The Blues came up against a stubborn, resilient Norwich side in our final home game of the campaign, which was no surprise given the fact the Canaries needed to take at least a point from the game to have any chance of avoiding relegation.
‘It was massively disappointing, we were playing at home and we were hoping to put on a good show and get a win,’ said Cahill. ‘It wasn’t to be so we’re disappointed but it’s been the story of our season.
‘It was tough; we had the same thing against West Ham. Teams who are fighting for their lives come here, they’re organised and it’s difficult.
‘We did the same when we went to Atletico. I don’t know why everyone thinks you should go out and attack teams left, right and centre. We knew we’d have a lot of possession but that counts for nothing. All the lads are disappointed.’
Andre Schurrle hit the post for the Blues, while in the second half substitute David Luiz struck the bar, and had one of those efforts gone in, the nature of the game may well have altered.
‘If you do get the goal in games like that the other team have to come out and attack you which sometimes opens the game up,’ Cahill explained.
‘It just proved how hard it is to break teams down when they’re organised and sit back and defend. Give them credit, they defended really well but on another day the Schurrle effort might have creeped in off the inside of the post, today it came back out but that’s football.’
Demba Ba, who witnessed Norwich’s resolute defending at close quarters throughout yesterday’s stalemate, was in agreement with his team-mate that it was a frustrating afternoon all round.
‘It was our last match of the season at home, we wanted to give pleasure to our fans but unfortunately we couldn’t do that,’ said the striker.
‘It was not exceptional. Sometimes you play a match without the necessary quality and it was one of those days. We were nearly there, but nearly is not sufficient.’
Jose Mourinho’s side bring the curtain down on our campaign away at Cardiff City next Sunday, safe in the knowledge we can finish no lower than third in the table.
On a personal level, Cahill has been satisfied with his work, and he believes there are reasons to be optimistic ahead of next season for the group as a whole.
‘We’ve been very close on all fronts, we reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and were one or two wins away from the title, so we have been close but just not quite there,’ said the Blues defender.
‘Personally I’m really pleased, I’m improving and I’m looking to keep on improving. Defensively, as a team, you’ve seen how few goals we’ve conceded this season so in terms of that it’s gone really well.’