Gary Cahill is anticipating another difficult test this Sunday when we take on a side fighting to stay in the Barclays Premier League, Queens Park Rangers.
We have our own agenda further up the table, though, and Cahill is determined to maintain the high standards we have displayed throughout the current campaign to ensure we cross the line in first place.
‘We have worked so hard this season to get where we are and put ourselves in the position we are in,’ said Cahill.
‘It’s pleasing we are in this position but there is still an element of pressure to finish the job. We want to go all the way.’
To do so requires a maximum of five wins from our eight remaining fixtures. Our last 10 Premier League matches have yielded seven wins and three draws, form that if maintained would be good enough to see us lift the title for the fourth time in 11 campaigns.
The next challenge takes us not far west to Loftus Road. QPR have been in good form too since the international break, picking up four away points in the Midlands and netting seven goals in the process.
A typically fiercely-contested local derby can therefore be expected, especially when both teams have so much to play for at different ends of the table.
‘We will have had a week to prepare, which is rare for us, and we’re looking forward to the game after a good performance [against Stoke],’ Cahill reported.
‘They’re fighting for their lives to stay in the league and that’s dangerous for us because they will do anything to win the match. We’re away and the atmosphere will be good.
‘We need to go there fully focused and with the same attitude we had against Stoke,’ added Cahill. ‘Hopefully that will be good enough to get a win.’