Cahill grateful to Villa

first_imgGary Cahill has seen off one of his former clubs with Chelsea this week and hopes the Barclays Premier League leaders can beat another on Saturday. “Any player will tell you that when you’re playing against your old club there’s that added bit of emotion,” he said. “You try not to let it affect you and play your normal game but I’m a professional and the most important thing is that we won the game. They made it tough for us but thankfully we won.” Kurt Zouma’s debut goal was cancelled out by Matt Mills before Oscar netted what proved to be the winner on a night when victory should have been more convincing and Andre Schurrle, in particular, should have scored. Cahill added: “Schurrle created a lot for himself, I thought he played well, cutting inside and firing shots at goal. “People expect you to win the game and it’s not that easy. There have already been a few shocks and thankfully we weren’t one of them.” Filipe Luis started in defence alongside Cahill, the left-back signed from Atletico Madrid making his second start after beginning the Schalke match a week earlier. The Brazilian is happy to bide his time, believing the team is what is most important. He told the London Evening Standard: “Everyone wants to play. If you don’t, normally you’re not happy. “But when I came here, I spoke with (manager Jose) Mourinho and I knew I’d come to Chelsea to be a champion, not to be the best left-back or best crosser or something. “When you work with Mourinho, you have to know that the group, the collective is above the individual. I don’t think about myself right now. “The team are doing a great job. We won the first four league games and drew the fifth one. “I have nothing to complain about. I have to wait for my chance and when it comes I must make sure I don’t go out of the first 11.” “I had a great time at Villa, more than anything with the youth team,” Cahill said on chelseafc.com. “I owe a lot to them, they brought me through and I had a great time, so I’m looking forward to it. “They’ve had a great start to the season, apart from their last result, so it’s going to be another tough test for us.” Villa are three points behind Chelsea in third place in the table after a 3-0 defeat at home to Arsenal followed their win at Liverpool in the previous game. Chelsea’s win over Sky Bet Championship strugglers Bolton should have been more emphatic, but for some wasteful finishing, but Cahill was satisfied with a fifth win in an unbeaten seven matches at the start of the season. “It’s great to have a winning mentality,” he added. “If you have a couple of sticky results it puts the pressure on going into games but at the moment we’re unbeaten, we’re going well and we should have confidence, especially playing in front of our own fans at Stamford Bridge.” Cahill was one of only two players retained from the starting line-up which drew 1-1 at Manchester City, alongside Cesar Azpilicueta, and enjoyed featuring against Wanderers. Press Association Cahill, who joined Chelsea from Bolton in January 2012, helped the Blues to a 2-1 Capital One Cup win on Wednesday night to set up a fourth-round tie at Shrewsbury. Now the 28-year-old central defender, whose influence at Stamford Bridge is growing by the game, faces Aston Villa, the side where he began his career. last_img read more

Men’s soccer: Badgers dominate in 3-0 shutout of Buckeyes

first_imgOne week after finishing their regular season with a 2-1 victory at home over Ohio State University, the No. 20 University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team found themselves in a similar position Sunday.Starting the Big Ten post-season tournament, the Badgers once again took to the McClimon Soccer Complex to face the Buckeyes. The stage only elevated the Badgers to new level, taking care of the visitors with a 3-0 victory to advance to the conference semifinals.The two teams were tied 0-0 going into the locker rooms at halftime, but the Badgers were able to breakthrough early in the second half. In the 53rd minute, junior forward Mark Segbers was able to find teammate Tom Barlow to open up the scoring.The floodgates only widened from there, as the Badgers once again found the back of the net several minutes later when Elan Koenig put in his first goal of the season off a deflection in the box in the 57th minute.Men’s soccer: No. 24 Badgers cruise to a 3-1 win over Western IllinoisThe No. 24 University of Wisconsin-Madison’s men’s soccer team came away with a 3-1 victory yesterday evening over visiting Western Read…The score would remain at 2-0 until later in the match when UW scored their third goal of the afternoon, which all but officially ended the season for the Buckeyes. The final goal came on a counter strike after a shot by Ohio State forward Nate Kohl in the 79th minute. Barlow found Christopher Mueller for his seventh goal of the season to end the scoring of the night at 3-0.Looking at the scoring times, it appeared the two teams were playing a tight game in the first half. But a closer look would reveal dominant play by the Badgers as they out shot the Buckeyes by a margin of 8-2 and were rewarded with three corner kicks to Ohio State’s two. The attacking nature of UW forced the Buckeyes to play more aggressively than they preferred, leading to six fouls for OSU compared to only two on the Badgers.Defensively, the Badgers were never in serious danger as keeper Phillip Schilling was only forced to make four saves on the night and kept his opponents away from the back of the net. The clean sheet was his ninth of the season and fourth in the past five games.Men’s soccer: Wisconsin finishes year unbeaten at home after 2-1 win over BuckeyesThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team completed the season undefeated at home Sunday with a 2-1 win over Ohio Read…The Badgers will look to advance to the Big Ten championship match when they face Indiana this Friday on a neutral field at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.last_img read more