Gary Cahill sends message to Chelsea followers and former teammates forward of Stamford Bridge return

Crystal Palace’s journey to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon will likely be a particular one for Gary Cahill specifically.

If chosen by Eagles boss Roy Hodgson it is going to be the defender’s first recreation in opposition to Chelsea since departing on a free switch in the summertime when his contract in west London expired on the finish of June.

Cahill’s job will likely be to cease the likes of Tammy Abraham, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi in assault while additionally denying former teammate Frank Lampard a fourth dwelling win of the season.

Palace can take confidence from the very fact they’ve overwhelmed Manchester United away from dwelling and got here again from 2-Zero all the way down to earn some extent in opposition to Arsenal on the Emirates Stadium this season.

Nonetheless, going through Chelsea seems to be set to be a distinct prospect.

The Blues have been filled with targets lately and scored 4 at dwelling in a loopy recreation in opposition to Ajax within the Champions League on Tuesday night time.

However the prospect of going through his outdated membership does not look like fazing the skilled defender.

Taking to social media forward of the weekend’s recreation, Cahill had a easy four-word message.

“Trying ahead to Saturday,” he tweeted, with an Eagles emoji alongside facet it.

Cahill loved nice success with the Blues following his transfer from Bolton within the 2012 January switch window, however opened up on his irritating remaining season with Chelsea.

“There’s a few years left in me but,” Cahill stated final month. “Over the past seven or eight years I feel I averaged round 50 video games a season. “After not taking part in that a lot final season, I by no means wish to have a season like that once more.

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“However, on the flip facet, I educated arduous and received the possibility to recuperate my physique earlier than pre-season though I ended up lacking it. I used to be able to play when the season began.

“Hopefully I can maintain it going and assist the crew to play effectively. My physique is the place I anticipate it to be at my age.

“The 2016/17 season after I gained the title with Chelsea beneath Antonio Conte, taking part in as a part of a again three, I felt terrific and was capable of cowl quite a lot of mileage however I do know the place I want my physique to be to be able to carry out and I am reaching that in the meanwhile.”

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