Cahill hopes for European statement
Posted: 27 September 2017 Time: 19:15
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill hopes the side can prove their UEFA Champions League worth when they face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
The two European powerhouses lock horns at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the second round of Group C fixtures tonight, with the Blues currently top of the table, two points ahead of second-placed Atletico.
Chelsea, though, have history against them ahead of the clash after losing to the La Liga giants in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Champions League semi-final two years later.
And Cahill knows exactly what is at stake against the Madrid outfit, telling Standard Sport: “This is going to be one of our hardest games in the Champions League. It doesn’t get much tougher, so if we can get a result there it will say a lot.
“This is a proper tie. We are not just coming up against technicians and people who are really good on the ball, but they are real men, physical.
“They have the attributes you are looking for in a team. They tick most of the boxes.
“We know a lot about Atletico. We have seen them in European competitions in recent years. They have done very, very well and there is a reason for that.
“It’s going to be a real challenge but we got a draw over there in the first leg of the semi-final in 2014, which we thought had set us up great for the second leg, only to lose. It is important we come back with something.”