Date: 26th April 2017 at 12:45pm
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Gary Cahill made a return to the Chelsea starting eleven against Southampton, after missing the FA Cup semi-final win, over Tottenham Hotspur, due to illness.

Cahill, captaining the team, did his bit to ensure that Chelsea got the win they needed to extend the gap between themselves and Tottenham, at the top of the table, to seven points.

With the game delicately poised, it was a brave header from Cahill, diving in amongst the flying boots, to give Chelsea a 2-1 lead going into the half-time break.

After the game, with the three points in the bag, Cahill had a few words for the media about the win, commenting,

“It feels like a massive step to be honest. It`s the first time in a while we`ve played before Tottenham.

“So we knew how important it was. We are delighted. We played well.”

And as for being laid low by an illness that saw Cahill hospitalised, he added,

“I`m just recovering. I`m fine. It`s not too much about me.

“I had a difficult week because I had a bit of gall bladder pain, so not ideal.

“But the lads didn`t miss me at Wembley.

“I`m just thankful; to recover and get back on the pitch.”

Next up for Cahill and Chelsea is a difficult trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton and, hopefully, a step nearer to those blue and white ribbons being tied onto the famous trophy.

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