The central defender is aware of what happened the following season after Chelsea won the league title in 2014/15 season and wants to avoid a repeat..


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Newly-appointed Chelsea captain Gary Cahill is focused on ensuring the club does not suffer another poor campaign like what followed after their title win in 2014/15 season. 

After a shambolic start to the 2015/16 season, Chelsea were forced to sack Jose Mourinho and ultimately ended up finishing a lowly tenth in the Premier League which meant the Blues missed out on the European competitions. 

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However, under Antonio Conte last season, Chelsea stormed their way to the title yet again and the club’s new skipper is determined to ensure the Blues don’t slip again. 

Speaking to Goal following the club’s International Champions Cup (ICC) loss to Bayern Munich, Cahill said, “I think a lot of the lads in our squad right now were involved in that situation. So they realize and they now know that.  

“They have had the experience once and they don’t want that experience again. We will work even harder.” 

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The memories from that fateful season is still vivid in Cahill’s mind and the 31-year-old has implored his teammates to keep producing the kind of performances that won them the title last season. 

“It’s obviously very difficult to keep winning the title back-to-back. You have seen that with Leicester (City) last season,” he said. “It proved very tough. So we have to be mindful of that. And we need to do even more than what we did last year. That’s the only way.

“Like I said, there are quite a few players still in the squad who were involved in that. We know what that feeling was like and we don’t want that again.” 

The former Bolton Wanderers defender also shared his excitement at the signing of Alvaro Morata to lead the Blues’ strikeforce. 

“It’s great to have such a great player. He will be a great addition to the squad,” Cahill expressed.

“There is no doubt about that. It’s more clear than said. He has won a lot of things already at such a young age. So it’s exciting for us as players to have someone like that involved now.” 

Chelsea have already signed German defender Antonio Rudiger and French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in addition to Morata as they prepare for a crucial season.