And he does not much care how they do it.
Chelsea re-established their 10 point lead at the top of the table on Monday night with a comfortable 2-1 win at West Ham, with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa scoring, once again showing closest challengers Tottenham and Manchester City that they can handle the pressure.
Chelsea skipper Cahill vividly remembers his team squandering an eight-point lead at one stage in the procession to the title in 2015 under Jose Mourinho. Having been that far clear in the November, when they lost 5-3 at Tottenham on New Year’s Day they were level on top with Manchester City.
But that hiccup that year did not throw Mourinho’s team off course. They lost only one more league game, at West Bromwich in their penultimate match, when the title was already won.
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Cahill is one of eight survivors from the team that lost at White Hart Lane back then and he believes that that experience, the streetwise know-how, is what is going to see Chelsea through these last 11 matches.
“We have put ourselves in a good position,” said Cahill. “I’ve been there before, when we won the league we were eight points clear of Manchester City at one stage, and all of a sudden we were level on goal difference.
“I know the points can disappear. That’s why we need to keep focused. If everyone is aware of that, and we keep the hunger that is in the team at the minute, then we will be ok. Monday was a fantastic result, another win chalked off.
“Experience comes into play at this stage of the season. We know what we have to do. We’re focused. We’re working hard. We’ve been doing the same things all season. Nothing should change. Our mindset shouldn’t change. Our focus shouldn’t change. The way we work shouldn’t change.
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“Everything should be the same as it has been. The experience to go to places like West Ham, and just be patient. In the first half on Monday it could have been two or three – it wasn’t. If it wasn’t, it wasn’t.
“We went in at half time 1-0 up, we were patient before we got the second goal which killed the game.”
With both City and Tottenham winning over the weekend, Chelsea’s lead before kick-off had been cut to seven points, so Chelsea had to respond.
Cahill said: “It was important we did respond. Sometimes this season we have played first and got a result, this time it was their turn.
“So the pressure was on us. I’m sure a lot of people were watching hoping we’d lose. It could have been a sticky game for us, but we did enough to get a win.”
Chelsea now face Mourinho and his improving Manchester United team in the FA Cup quarter-final on Monday night but with the international break looming, they have only one league game – away at Stoke – in the next 24 days before they meet Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on April 1.
Cahill said: “This is a funny month. We had two important games this month to go into April in a healthy position. We’ve got the first one out of the way, now we’ve got a bit of time before the second.
“We’re focused, we’re not listening to any noise, we know what we’re doing, we’re fully ready to see this over the line.”