Chelsea defender Gary Cahill eyes Euro glory

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill

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Gary Cahill is determined to help Chelsea win the Champions League again next season having finally secured the Premier League title at Stamford Bridge.

The 29-year-old England international central defender moved to the Blues from Bolton in January 2012 and became a European champion within six months as they defeated Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions League final that May.

Cahill has gone on to lift the FA Cup and Capital One Cup with Chelsea before finally completing the set of medals on Sunday when a 1-0 home win against Crystal Palace ensured the club’s first league title since 2010.

With the pressure off regarding domestic success in Jose Mourinho’s second stint at the helm, Cahill is now looking for Chelsea to make a concerted effort to taste success on the European stage once again.

Chelsea agonisingly crashed out on away goals to Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League this season having not lost a game in their entire campaign.

Cahill told the London Evening Standard: “We wanted to go as far as we can this season, but the league was vitally important for us too. A lot of the lads were talking at the start saying it was a long time since we’d won the Premier League.

“We got a sense that it was the most important trophy to win in a way, but we were disappointed to go out of the Champions League the way we did, even though we were unbeaten in the competition.

“It was a mad twist and that’s what can happen at that level. But the aim is to do better in the competition next season and of course the squad is capable of doing that.”

Barcelona are 2.50 favourites to win this season’s Champions League, defending champions Real Madrid are 3.75, Bayern Munich are also 3.75 and Juventus can be backed at 6.50.

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