Chelsea given 'wake-up call' by Burnley, says Gary Cahillby Rohan Toure 13/02/2017 18:05:00 0 comments 1 Views
- Burnley held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon
- The Blues remain clear at the top but their lead has been cut to eight points
- Gary Cahill admitted that the result showed his side are not infallible
By Ian Ladyman for MailOnline
Published: 18:05 EST, 13 February 2017 | Updated: 18:05 EST, 13 February 2017
Gary Cahill believes Chelsea have been given a title-race wake-up call by their draw at Burnley.
Antonio Conte's team remain in charge of their own Premier League destiny but their lead at the top was trimmed to eight points when Manchester City won at Bournemouth on Monday night.
Captain Cahill said: 'We could have played a lot better but the most important thing is we stay focused.
Gary Cahill says Chelsea were given a wake-up call by Burnley during their draw on Sunday
'Maybe that was a little wake-up for us where we realise it's going to be tough to cross the line and there's plenty more football to be played.
'We just have to keep working, keep focused and believe in what we've been doing all season.'
Chelsea led early at Turf Moor through their Spanish forward Pedro but failed to muster a further shot on target all game after that and were soon pegged back by Robbie Brady's superb free-kick.
Cahill added: 'Maybe that's a big point for us, who knows? We didn't lose. If it was going to be this game, then it was important we didn't lose.
'Everyone makes mistakes. But we have not made that many this season, hence the clean sheets. That comes from work on the training ground and that's what we have to keep doing.
Chelsea took the lead at Turf Moor thanks to Pedro's goal for the league leaders
'It's not hard to focus if you want to achieve what we want to achieve.
'We've done so much hard work this season to put ourselves in this position. We can almost see the finish line now.
'We've got 13 games now and it's important that we tick the games off with the right results.
'I think we should be even more focused because the games are getting closer and closer and be even more determined.'
Chelsea's next game against a really big side in the Premier League comes when they face City at Stamford Bridge in April.
Cahill said: 'It's time to press on and it's a time where the motivation to finish the job should be there for everyone.
'There's light at the end of the tunnel and it's important we keep working and keep focused, as we have been for 95 per cent of the season.'
Burnley came back to sneak a point thanks to Robbie Brady's free-kick