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Football: Chelsea's Cahill ready for ultimate test at City

Published on Jan 31, 2014 9:04 AM
 
Chelsea's Gary Cahill celebrates after scoring a goal against Southampton during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London on Dec 1, 2013. Cahill admits his side's crunch clash with Manchester City on Monday will be the ultimate test of their Premier League title credentials. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea defender Gary Cahill admits his side's crunch clash with Manchester City on Monday will be the ultimate test of their Premier League title credentials.

City swept to the top of the table with a 5-1 demolition of Tottenham in midweek, while Chelsea lost ground in the title race after being held to a frustrating goalless draw at home to West Ham.

Jose Mourinho's third-placed team trail leaders City by three points and a defeat at Eastlands would be a major blow to Chelsea's hopes of winning the English crown for the first time since 2010.

Mourinho accused West Ham of playing "football from the 19th century" after the east Londoners settled for a cautious approach in midweek, but City's dazzling array of attacking talent may force the Chelsea boss to adopt a conservative gameplan himself.

 
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