Gary Cahill: Chelsea need time to adapt under Jose Mourinho

Gary Cahill says Chelsea still need time to adapt to life under Jose Mourinho after returning to winning ways against Fulham

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Gary Cahill joined Chelsea from Bolton in January 2012 Photo: The Sport Review

Gary Cahill believes that Chelsea still need time to adapt to life under Jose Mourinho after the Blues returned to winning ways against Fulham.

The west London club had come in for criticism after stuttering to back-to-back defeats against Everton and Basel but Saturday’s 2-0 victory over the Cottagers at Stamford Bridge went some way towards easing the pressure.

And Cahill believes that summer signings Samuel Eto’o and Willian will need time to adjust to the rigours of the Premier League, with the rest of the Chelsea squad also gradually adapting to the new manager’s ways.

“Training has been very sharp and in pre-season it was very sharp as well,” Cahill told Chelsea’s website.

“At the start of the season I thought we were playing some great stuff but it does take time because we have players needing to adapt to the league and to adapt to being here.

“Two dodgy results back to back got everyone talking. When you are a big team and you lose two games it gets talked about as a crisis. It was not ideal but we didn’t feel that way.”

Cahill also felt Mourinho’s “fun” training session on Friday ahead of Saturday’s clash went some way to easing the pressure on the players.

“There is expectation [about results] from the players as well as the manager and the players were not happy, so it was important to lighten the mood,” he added.

“There is competition for places with world-class players in all positions, and everyone is aware of the squad we have. So we know that if we play poorly we will surely be out the team.

“That is healthy and we do play many games so having a good squad is important. No one is complacent and that is a good thing.”

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