Chelsea star explains importance of ‘huge’ League Cup win

Gary Cahill believes that winning the League Cup was of vital importance to Chelsea.

The Blues defeated London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final last week, and centre-half Gary Cahill has told Chelsea's official website why winning it was so important.

Having successfully secured the first piece of silverware of the football season, Chelsea have set themselves up to wrap up the Premier League title and fight for the Champions League trophy.

Neither will be easy tasks - despite the Premier League looking a foregone conclusion - but there is now the experience of winning a trophy for Chelsea that many of the players did not have beforehand.

Cahill is one of the members of the first-team squad who is fairly decorated now, having been part of the Champions League and FA Cup winning squad of 2012, but he is a rare occurrence in the current set-up.

Having been slowly rebuilding a new long-term dynasty at Stamford Bridge, the current first-team look set to challenge for silverware for a number of years, and the first trophy could prove to be vital.

The League Cup was the trophy that Jose Mourinho won first during his first spell in West London, and it was evident that he was keen on securing it again this year. It was the catalyst for success under the Portuguese coach in 2005, and Cahill has told the official Blues' website that the trophy could have the same effect this time round.

The central defender said: “There is a great buzz around the place. The cup final was huge in terms of the atmosphere around the club and the dressing room. We were desperate as a team, as a squad, to win that game.

“It’s the first time this group – a newish group formed at the start of last season and before this season – has reached the end of a competition together.

“We came through it really well and hopefully as a group we can take the positive experiences from that and try and build momentum for many more cup finals. That’s the plan.”

Despite being derided recently for being a lower class competition than its domestic rivals, the League Cup has gained something of an increased relevance due to being in the middle of the season.

Teams know that the added boost of confidence can be the difference in enjoying a successful campaign, and Chelsea fans will be hoping that Cahill’s words ring true, with a host of cup finals arriving in the future.

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