Last season manager Antonio Conte made a ballsy decision in dropping club legend John Terry. A choice that was hard for Chelsea fans to take but one we could understand. Conte needs to take the same kind of risk in dropping Captain Gary Cahill in the future.
The back three of Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz worked against Bournemouth. Despite, the Cherries lacking any attacking threat, the selection of this trio paid off for the Conte’s team. Our defence was composed on the ball and anytime there was danger from the opposition’s attack, it was snuffed out quickly. Luiz made some mistakes losing the ball but he’s a risk taker. However, when the Brazilian has composed defenders like Rudiger and Azpilicueta he can afford to take a risk or two.
This was the first time we kept a clean sheet in six games. The last time we didn’t concede was the 4-0 win against Stoke. Rudiger, Azpilicueta and Christensen started at the back for that match.
I’m not one to go on social media and slam the Cahill for every mistake he makes. However, I feel that the time has come to ease him out of the side. Last night’s clean sheet will certainly do Rudiger, Azpilicueta and Luiz a world of good. This coming week for Chelsea is enormous. With an important week coming up with games against Roma and Manchester United, perhaps it’s time to stick with these players.
Cahill can still play an important role in the squad. His experience and passion for the club can help young players like Christensen. Also the 31-year-old should definitely get game time in the League Cup and FA Cup games. These competitions could potentially see him show Conte that he’s still got it. However, based on current form now is the time for the Englishman to be left out of the team.