After Gary Cahill’s match-winning strike against Stoke took his tally for the season to six, his best in a Chelsea shirt, Antonio Conte claimed the centre half could be a striker.
Conte: “For me, Gary, he can play also as a centre forward,’ Conte told reporters post-match. He has a good quality, he is acrobatic, he is very good during corners and set-pieces. ‘I am pleased for him because we conceded the penalty because the referee saw a little push on Gary and then I told him to find the solution to win. This had finished the game.
“Mentality issue? No, it is a question of confidence. We don’t live in a dark corner and not know about the things people speak about us. It is deja vu. You try everything before the game and then you concede nearly in the first situation. It is the first ugly game we won. We all have to get used to it a little bit. Usually when we are not at our best we have lost.
You cannot plan an ugly game. In this kind of play Burnley may be the best team because they are used to everything and if you don’t score early against them, you need to fight.”- Jurgen Klopp refuses to buy into the theory that the Reds have a mentality issue against lower table sides.