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Lack of a true top goalscorer has cost Chelsea - Antonio Conte

01 May 2018

The Brazilian centre-back has been out of favour at Stamford Bridge this season and he is determined to leave if Antonio Conte stays at the club.

However, ahead of Chelsea's final four Premier League games and their FA Cup final showdown with Manchester United at the end of the term, Conte revealed to The Mirror that Cahill will feature regularly to give him the best possible opportunity of making Southgate's Russia-bound contingent.

Gary Cahill has warned Tottenham that Chelsea FC are out to crank up the pressure on them in the race for Champions League qualification.

Antonio Conte believes Gary Cahill should be named in England's World Cup squad despite dropping the defender for Chelsea earlier this season.

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"It's not so simple", Chelsea head coach Conte said.

The Blues reduced the gap between them and fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur who host Watford at the Wembley Stadium on Monday to two points. I'm sure that the coach will take the best decision for the national team.

Cahill remains Chelsea's captain, a role he took on full-time following John Terry's departure a year ago and Conte suggested a period of adjustment has been necessary in the club icon's absence.

The performance from Chelsea on the night was uncharacteristic and certainly far from their best but the Blues managed to hold on to their slender lead and did enough to get over the line, in the end.

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Club captain Gary Cahill has regained his place in recent weeks, with the England defender's World Cup spot in jeopardy.

"I think he is still the man but it doesn't come down to me". He has great experience.

"We are talking about an important player for Chelsea". He may be in the twilight of his career at the Bridge and indeed on the global stage, but his experience and the motivation for one last hurrah for club and country could make him a serious asset to Conte as he bids to salvage something memorable from Chelsea's otherwise disappointing season.

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Lack of a true top goalscorer has cost Chelsea - Antonio Conte