Cahill did not expect Chelsea to be "sitting pretty"

Gary Cahill is delighted with Chelsea's form so far and is also surprised they sit top of the Premier League table with a six-point gap. Antonio Conte's Blues extended their consecutive league win to 11 after their 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace last week and England defender Cahill is happy Chelsea are "hitting levels" expected of them. "It's fantastic," he told Sky Sports. "The mood in the camp at the minute, everyone's spirits are high. Everyone will tell you that playing in a winning team is easier. The run that we're on is brilliant so I hope it continues. We're full of confidence. "What's going right is a number of things. Obviously people will touch on the change in formation, but there's the way we've adapted to that formation and the players we have in the team, ultimately.

Read More: Diego Costa loves playing "against Real Madrid." "A lot was made of last year and rightly so. We had individuals, the majority, underperforming compared to the levels they usually set. "This season we are hitting the levels we should be setting. I'd be lying if I said I thought we'd be sitting pretty at the top of the table, but I certainly would have expected to be up there competing. "We're in a good place." If Chelsea beat Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, it'll be a new club record for consecutive league wins. "It's not something we speak about on a daily basis," he said. "In fact, I haven't heard any of the lads speak about it, but we know about it and I'm aware of it.

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"Of course you want to be involved in teams that break records and you want to be involved in teams that do well.

"We're aware of it and the Boxing Day game is a chance for us to do that, which should add extra incentive. We want the three points badly and we want the record. "I'll speak for myself, I want the record. Why would you not? There's three points and a record to go for. "If you're asking me if I'm going to be motivated for that game, I think we're all in the same boat."

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