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When we met Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on New Year’s Eve, we won 4-2 with Willian restoring our lead twice in the second half after Stoke had equalised. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill believes that game has shown how Chelsea have grown mentally this season as that was a game we maybe could have lost last season.

“We’ve always had the quality to do that. Certainly this season we’ve built the belief and the confidence that we can. When we take knocks we’re confident that we can go again. If there’s any criticism of us last season, maybe that’s a game we wouldn’t have won last season,” Cahill is quoted on Chelsea’s official website.

“In our make-up this year we’ve managed to, okay things don’t always go to plan, that was a game where things didn’t go to plan for us 100 per cent. But then it’s the reaction after that and to go in the lead and then have Stoke equalise, then get the lead again and they equalise once more, there could be a few heads go down but it’s not the case this season.

“We kept going and while there’s minutes on the clock we believe within ourselves that we are going to get a result and that’s what happened.

“It was a big game, I remember the celebrations after in the dressing room, and you could sense that was a big achievement for us.”

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