Chelsea tough-tackling centre-back confronted Antonio Conte

England international and Chelsea centre-back advised Antonio Conte on the need to give players rest after their suffered consecutive defeats in the Premier League, according to reports.

Chelsea were stunned by the Cherries 3-0 at Stamford Bridge and it looked as though Bournemouth were just lucky but the story was similar when they faced Watford at Vicarage Road as they were subjected to a 4-1 defeat, and the defeats stirred speculations that Antonio Conte could be sacked.

Some fans and pundit made claims that Conte had lost the dressing room, with only Ceaser Azpilicueta behind him. However, Cahill had envisaged a major break down in form for Chelsea and he knew exactly how the season could be salvaged.

Conte gave his players three days off after the defeat against Watford but Cahill and it paid off as the Blues returned to and thumped West Bromwich Albion in the last Premier League game.

Cahill said “I mentioned the idea of taking more days off to the coach. I just felt that there were a lot of bad feelings around the place. It was important for everyone mentally to get away. Sometimes it’s unhealthy to be in the same environment all of the time, especially when there is a lot of negativity around for whatever reason.

“This was the first time I could remember this season that we had a free week in between games. I thought it was a great opportunity to mentally freshen our minds up and physically freshen the bodies up. Everyone knows we do a lot of physical training on top of the games we are playing.

“So to take ourselves away from the surroundings, for partners to be with their family and kids, gave us that distraction so that we could come back and refocus on the job.”

Chelsea have taken the fourth spot on the Premier League table and they will be looking to maintain their new found winning momentum in the League.

Meanwhile, the Blues take on Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday and Cahill, who was left out of action against West Brom, is certain to be given game time.