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Cahill confirmed as Chelsea captain

Wilfried Zaha has scored three goals so far this season Wilfried Zaha has scored three goals so far this season
Cary Erickson | 03 November, 2018, 03:44

I don't know [if he'll leave].

Sarri has been unhappy with his side's defensive efforts despite Chelsea closing in on a joint-record of 11 Premier League games undefeated for a new manager.

Cahill has previously admitted he could have to leave Chelsea for regular first-team football, but manager Sarri has endorsed his Blues future by reappointing him as skipper.

The defender would go on to win two Premier League titles, the League Cup and FA Cup in the following seasons continuing alongside Terry and then replacing him as captain while part of Antonio Conte's back three. It is unsafe to not have that continuity.

"Like quite a few of the players who came into that England team very early, they get games behind them and mature".

"If you look at the top of the table City only conceded four and Liverpool with four". This is my work.

'Maybe not for the top but we have to try to arrive close to the top.

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Sarri will be without Olivier Giroud for Sunday's home match against Crystal Palace but Eden Hazard is fit to play up to 45 minutes. At the moment the situation is not for a loan of course. We need to improve, I think, covering the ball in the other half.

"If I need to cover immediately the lost ball we need to have good positions over the line in the defensive line". The potential is great'.

Eden Hazard captained Belgium to the World Cup semifinals, and some suggested Chelsea should give him the club captaincy as they attempt to persuade him to sign a long-term contract.

"As we have seen in the last matches, the captain is Cahill, like in the last match [against Derby in the Carabao Cup]", ESPN quoted Sarri as saying on Friday.

So far this season Cesar Azpilicueta has captained Chelsea, playing every minute in the Premier League with Cahill on the bench, leading some to speculate the Spaniard was set to take over as skipper.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he studied Ross Barkley this summer in order to assess his qualities, as well as adding that he has developed into a 'very, very important player for both club and country.