Antonio Conte’s team are 10 points clear and face five ‘winnable’ league games against Swansea (home), West Ham (away), Watford (home), Stoke (away) and Crystal Palace (home) before their next clash with one of their title rivals – Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on April 5.
Despite their lead, defender Cahill says Chelsea must not let their concentration and work-rate slip in the final 13 games and throw away all their good work over the last seven months.
He said: “It's time to press on and it's a time where the motivation to finish the job should be there for everyone. There's light at the end of the tunnel now and it's important we keep working and keep focused, as we have been for 95 per cent of the season.
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"It's not hard to keep focussed if you want to achieve what we want to achieve. We've done so much hard work this season to put ourselves in this position.
“We've got 13 games left and it's important that we tick them off one by one with the right results. I think we should be even more focused and even more determined because we can almost see the finishing line now.
"No, we haven’t got one hand on the trophy yet, but we know that every game that goes by, you get closer and closer. That should give us even more determination to work so hard in training, to work so hard in games and achieve what we want to achieve. It's there for us if we want it – and we all want it."
Chelsea player celebrate Pedro's opener against Burnley
Even though Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley yesterday – only the second time this season they have dropped points to a team outside of the top six – Cahill argued it might prove to be a good point, considering the Clarets’ formidable home record and direct style.
He added: "I thought we could have played a lot better. But the most important thing is that we stayed focused. Maybe that was a little wake-up for us where we realise it's going to be tough to cross the line and there's plenty more football to be played. We just have to keep working, keep focused and believe in what we've been doing all season.
"We were aware of their home record. We knew they would get some sort of confidence from playing at Turf Moor. They were always going to be dangerous, add that to the sleet and snow, we knew it was going to be very tough, but we got a point.
Gary Cahill helped Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Burnley
"Maybe that might prove to be a huge point for us, who knows? We didn't lose. I've played in loads of games like that. We hoped to go on and win, but the way the second half went it's important we didn't lose it and we didn't. It's good to have that in our make-up.
“They were very direct. There's no criticism of that because I've been on both sides of the coin in the teams I've played for. Every time the ball was in their half, it was getting booted into the box.
"Again, no criticism because they play to their strengths and that's why it was difficult. Every game is difficult in its own way. That's what we have to adapt to, whether you're playing Manchester City or Arsenal with their passing and movement and you have to concentrate on tracking runs and then today, slightly different. That's why it's going to be difficult.
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Antonio Conte saw his Chelsea team move 10 points clear at Turf Moor
"Everyone makes mistakes, that's football. But we have not made that many this season, hence the clean sheets. That comes from work on the training ground and that's what we have to keep doing.”
Cahill backed Diego Costa to start scoring again after the striker's run of four games without a goal.
"It didn't even cross my mind,” he said. “It's a team thing. I think we can play a lot better than that. If we play better than that, then Diego gets more opportunities. I think we dug in when we had to at times. It wasn't the prettiest at times."