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Antonio Conte claims Gary Cahill “could play as centre forward”

Gary Cahill

Antonio Conte praised Chelsea captain Gary Cahill’s performance against Stoke City.

Gary Cahill scored his sixth goal on Sunday to make sure the Blues keep the 10 point gap advantage from second-placed Tottenham. Gary brought a penalty for his team, and the Italian specialist instructed the team to keep the pressure and intensity in order to win the tie. Chelsea’s captain scored the late winner coming out clever in the corner kick mix-up.

“For me, Gary, he can play also as a centre forward,” Conte said. “He has a good quality, he is acrobatic, he is very good during corners and set-pieces.

“I am pleased for him because we conceded the penalty because the referee saw a little push on Gary and then I told him to find the solution to win. This had finished the game.

“It is a difficult moment to remember this because me and all the players we celebrated a great win. I repeat, this is a great win.”

“Above all, when you play against a team who are not a top team. In the middle [of the table] or at the bottom, it is important to keep a continuity in the results. The name of this is a winning mentality.”