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Chelsea “at a crossroads” says Blues defender

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has revealed he feels his club is “at a crossroads” following back-to-back Premier League defeats.

The Blues first lost 3-0 to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth a fortnight ago at Stamford Bridge, before being thrashed 4-1 by struggling Watford a week later – compounding what has been a dismal start to 2018 for Antonio Conte’s side who have won just twice in all competitions since the turn of the year.

Recent results have led to speculation of an early departure from Samford Bridge for manager Antonio Conte.

However Cahill insists the club remain ‘together as a group’, but also says they must begin to make the right decisions if they are to avoid falling into the same traps they done in the past.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Chelsea’s Monday Night Football clash with West Brom, Cahill said: “We are at that road where you can either turn left or right. We are on a road where the sooner we have the opportunity to go down the right path the better, because drawing on past experiences you have that feeling, it’s bubbling outside the club.

Conte looks a troubled figure at Stamford Bridge following the poor start to 2018.

“In the club we are fine in terms of a tight group and everyone is together; there are no falling outs or clashes with the manager. We are fine, but we need to get back on that good path as soon as we possibly can.”

Cahill was also frank in his assessment of his side’s most recent performance at Vicarage Road, describing it as “abysmal”.

“I didn’t recognise us…I didn’t recognise myself in that performance, I am sure on reflection the lads would say the same,” he said. “Performance-wise that was one of my worst performances of my career. But you are talking about one game, so as well as being harsh on ourselves, and rightly so, it’s one game.

“We have had two bad results, which has caused a bit of atmosphere outside of the club, but it is only two results.”

Chelsea next travel to West Brom on Monday night.



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