Chelsea defender Gary Cahill eyes momentum shift

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill Champions League

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Gary Cahill feels Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday night could be an important stepping stone in their season.

The Blues were comfortable 4-0 winners in Israel as goals from Kurt Zouma, Oscar, Willian and Cahill himself ensured the points returned to London and saw Jose Mourinho’s side leapfrog Porto to move into top spot in Group G.

Remarkably, it was the first time that Chelsea had won consecutive games in two months, after a dreadful first third of the campaign by their previous high standards.

Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Norwich City arrested a sequence of three Premier League defeats and was only their fourth top-flight success all season.

Mourinho has already stated that Chelsea have no chance of retaining their Premier League title but could still qualify for next season’s European showpiece competition with a top-four finish.

And Cahill believes that, with what has happened so far at Stamford Bridge, any victory is vital to help get the club back on track.

“It’s important we keep this momentum going,” the England defender told Chelsea TV. “It was for a number of reasons.

“First and foremost and the most important one was for the Champions League and to make sure we put ourselves in a position to try to qualify top.

“But as well to build the momentum off the back of the Norwich result and keep building these wins and try to gather these wins to turn this around.”

Chelsea next face a Premier League London derby with Tottenham on Sunday and can be backed at 2.80 to take all three points from White Hart Lane, with Spurs on offer at 2.40.

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