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Chelsea's Player of the Week for GW2

Posted on Aug 28th, 2013 by Jim Walker

The 0-0 draw at Old Trafford may have been disappointing to the neutral but it was a better result for Chelsea than it was for United. The outcome may have been different had it not been for some outstanding defending in the Chelsea back line.

Gary Cahill
Cahill and Terry both played exceptionally well. With United focusing their energies down the wings the ability to win and clear the crosses coming in to the box was always going to be the key to keeping a clean sheet and Cahill excelled in both areas.

Cahill won all 5 of his arial duels (the 6th highest in the league last week), as well as making 9 other clearances, all in all putting an end to 14 potential Manchester United attacks. Whilst there wasn't a flurry last ditch tackles to cover him in glory, his concentration and reading of the game was brilliant and his understanding with John Terry allowed both players to take high praise from the game.

Cahill also sprayed a few eye catching balls across the park as well as having one thumping long distance shot which hit the target and on another day might have hit the back of the net.

Overall an accomplished center half performance which showed maturity and class to keep out a United team who had 25 crosses in the game (around twice the average for a top flight team in a match), but thanks to the vigilance of Terry and Cahill only succeeded in connecting with 4 of those as well as being denied any really golden chances.

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