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Chelsea fans are enjoying the season under club legend Frank Lampard, and the Blues have every reason to be happy. The team is playing well, youngsters are taking their chances and most importantly, the Blues are winning games.
Former Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill made his first return since leaving Stamford Bridge as he visited the Bridge with Crystal Palace, and the 33-year-old was given a warm welcome by the Chelsea fans.
Interestingly, Chelsea fans also used the opportunity to mock their London opponents while hailing their former captain.
Chelsea hero Pat Nevin has reacted to the chants made by the Blues fans as they sang: “He’s won more than you, he’s won more than you, Gary Cahill, he’s won more than you.”
Nevin said: “There were other great moments from the crowd at the weekend, maybe none better than the long and loud singing aimed towards our former player Gary Cahill. Throughout the second half the entire stadium sang his name and stood to applaud him for all he did for our club.
“It was gracious, heartfelt and very moving. Gary would have been pleased but also in the moment hugely conflicted as the those who are now to him opposition fans chanted, especially when it came to one particular refrain aimed at the Palace faithful – ‘He’s won more than you, he’s won more than you, Gary Cahill, he’s won more than you’. Ouch!
“Gary couldn’t react during the game obviously, however much he might have been tempted. It just isn’t on, especially if the team you are playing for is losing at the time. That would be a sure-fire way of alienating his current supporters.
“At a push you can acknowledge that singing during the game if you are winning and your old fans chant your name, but even that is frowned on to a degree. Gary did the professional thing of course and indeed the correct thing. He waited until after the match and made it clear to all who had stayed how thankful he was for their support and their appreciation. He was also careful to go over to applaud his current fans. They had after all been pretty noisy for the most part themselves.”
Cahill thanked Chelsea fans for the reception following his return to Stamford Bridge with Crystal Palace.
Cahill said after the game: “It was always going to be a bit emotional and a bit weird. Thank you to the fans for the reception, that was terrific. For a fan of Chelsea it’s so exciting for the young lads to have these opportunities.”