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Chelsea had to beat a very difficult Liverpool side on Sunday to boost our chances of qualifying for the Champions League, and the Blues produced a solid performance to get the three points.

Chelsea’s defence shut out Liverpool’s formidable attack, and Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill has admitted that it was a plan well worked out in training.

“It was a game plan that worked well,” explained Cahill. “We knew it was going to be difficult, they’ve been in fantastic form of late, so we knew it was going to be tough, but we needed a win badly and we got it, so we’re obviously very pleased.

“We’ve worked hard this week on our plan, physically we’ve worked hard as well. We’re always prepared for the game and I think that showed against Liverpool, but we had to defend very well at times, especially late on. Naturally, 1-0 down, they were going to push and gamble a bit more.”

Cahill also reveals his joy at keeping Liverpool’s attack from scoring a goal.

He added: “I thought we did very well against a front three who’ve been absolutely fantastic. You look at the amount of goals they’ve scored between them this season, it’s phenomenal, so we’re especially pleased to come away with a clean sheet.

“I felt we defended fantastically well as a team and to get a clean sheet against those three, who are top players and can hurt you time and again, was great.”

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