The English international was left out of the side in favour of Kurt Zouma, having endured a torrid run of form in recent weeks. Although starting the season in impressive style, Cahill was run ragged by Bradford’s forwards in the FA Cup at the weekend, and 20-year-old Zouma was given his chance to impress in his biggest game of the season.
The young Frenchman did enough to warrant a continuing role in the side as the Blues face Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend, and, although mis-judging a few headers early in the game - with one real error gifting a chance to Raheem Sterling - Zouma did not look out of place alongside longstanding centre-back John Terry.
As Cahill started the season as one of the Blues first-choice centre-back partnership, he has admitted that being dropped was disappointing, although he was still glad to see Chelsea come out of the tie with a Wembley date booked.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Cahill said: “I don’t need to tell you how disappointed I was I wasn’t playing but the bigger picture is the team and how well we have done to get to the final in what was a difficult tie over two legs. It’s a great achievement and another chance to win some silverware with Chelsea.
“It’s a squad game. Throughout the whole of the season it is impossible to play every single game and the bigger picture is how well the team has done. I thought they were fantastic last night, it was a great game to watch, and the outcome was exactly how we wanted it. It was a great night.”