Conte keen for Cahill to play ahead of World Cup

Posted May 01, 2018

The 32-year-old has fallen down the Italian manager's pecking order this season; with youngster Andreas Christensen establishing himself alongside Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta in the Blues' defensive line.

After a limp title defence, and likely failure to finish in the top four, Conte pinpointed Chelsea's inability to finish teams off as their number one problem this season.

"I know when you have to go to play a World Cup or European Championship, it's important to have players with great experience because the pressure will become very strong for everyone".

To keep the pressure on Tottenham, who have a five-point advantage in that precious fourth place slot that brings qualification for Europe's elite club competition, Chelsea have to beat the Swans and they will need to keep winning.

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These attributes were in evidence at Wembley last weekend when Chelsea beat Southampton 2-0 to advance to the FA Cup final and Cahill also put in a robust display, galvanising his team as they'd ground out a 2-1 win away at Burnley in a league match three days prior to the Saints game. "I think this season we are not clinical".

"I think he is still the man but it doesn't come down to me".

Olivier Giroud was signed from London rivals Arsenal in January to bolster Conte's attacking options, but the Frenchman has so far managed to only net twice in the Premier League since switching allegiances.

N'Golo Kante has conceded that he felt tired during the season because of Chelsea's heavy workload, but is certain he will be fit for France's World Cup campaign.

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"I think this is right for his experience, to improve his experience and confidence".

"I have great respect for (England boss Gareth) Southgate".

"I'm sure that the coach will take the best decision for the national team".

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