With Manchester City breaking their transfer record on Raheem Sterling and Manchester United spending over £80 million, the defender is expecting an exciting battle at the top
Gary Cahill expects the battle for the Premier League title to be far more challenging this season after Chelsea’s rivals spent big in an attempt to dethrone the club.
Jose Mourinho’s side won the title at a canter last term, finishing eight points ahead of previous champions Manchester City, with the latter reacting by signing Raheem Sterling for £49 million and Fabian Delph.
Manchester United have brought in the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin while Arsenal are predicted to be among the contenders after luring Petr Cech from Chelsea.
“I think if you look at last season we were strong as it was,” Cahill told reporters, “We have strengthened. I don’t know what else is going to happen from now until the end of the window.
“I’m unsure. You’ve seen last season that collectively as a group we were strong. There’s a lot of young players here and we’re okay. Other teams have gone out and spent money and it will be very tough.
“It is tough every single year and with them strengthening it makes it even harder. We need to go about our business and get in the best possible condition to start the season and try and do what we did last year.
“We’re the team that everybody wants to beat. We had that feeling as well when Man City were the champions and we were playing against them. There is that added bit where people want to beat you.
“Even just being at a club like Chelsea people want to beat you anyway. I’m sure the other lads at the top will feel the same way. Everyone wants to go out and win against you, so it’s going to be tough.
“There’s no way of dressing over it, it’s going to be hard, the Premier League is always hard. It’s long. You have to be consistent for a long period of time so it’s difficult but we’re looking forward to it.”
Chelsea face Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday before starting their title defence against Swansea City next Saturday.