Chelsea defender Gary Cahill admits their loss to Crystal Palace has increased the pressure on the Blues squad but is adamant it should not be cause for panic.
The Premier League leaders suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to the Eagles on Saturday, while the second-placed Tottenham Hotspur beat Burnley 2-0 to shorten the gap between the clubs to seven points.
With just nine fixtures left in the season, Chelsea still look strong favourites to claim the title, but Cahill believes this weekend’s results have increased the pressure on them.
“Yes. There’s no point shying away from that,” he said after the match.
“If we’d got the result against Crystal Palace it would have eased the pressure but not getting the result adds to the pressure. Sometimes players respond better to that and let’s hope that’s the case.
“It’s a time to stay calm, re-focus and go again. Things have been going very well for us this season the majority of the time, but it wasn’t to be (today). It’s a big game on Wednesday for everyone.
“We’re disappointed. We had a chance to chalk another game off and get three more points at home, where we’ve been so strong this season.
“On a different day maybe we would have won the game. We’ve put ourselves in a healthy position in the league and the gap is still there.”