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Chelsea defender hits out at diving incident

Shocked Cahill slams flopping

By | 17th December 2012
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Gary Cahill has criticized Corinthians midfielder Emerson for dramatically selling the tackle that will now see the Chelsea star miss the club’s next match.

The Blues were beaten 1-0 after they failed to respond to a Paolo Guerrero goal and in addition to losing the match, last season’s UEFA Champions League winners also lost Cahill for the League Cup quarterfinal against Leeds.

England international Cahill made contact with Emerson in the late stages of the match but was mysteriously dismissed as officials saw the Brazilian rolling on the pitch.

While the former Bolton defender left the pitch quickly to help his team get on with their hopes of scoring an equalizer, he made it clear following the match that his opponent had not been in as much pain as he showed.

“I have tackled the guy, we sort of tangled legs and as we tangled he lashed out with his arm and hit me in the face,” Cahill told Chelsea’s official website.

He added: “So I have reacted, which wasn’t the greatest of reactions from me but it is two different players – he hits me in the face and I don’t roll around for five minutes holding my face like he has broken my nose and dislocated my jaw.

“I touch him on the shin and it probably wouldn’t knock over my one-year-old daughter, yet he was rolling around five or six times.”

The losing streak continues

Following Chelsea’s FA Cup and Champions League triumphs last season, they earned a shot at four additional competitions that they otherwise wouldn’t have the right to compete in. Unfortunately for the Stamford Bridge outfit, they have now lost all those four opportunities.

Premier League champions Manchester City defeated them 3-2 in the Community Shield in August while Atletico Madrid destroyed them 4-1 in the UEFA Super Cup on the last day of that month.

Having finished sixth last season, they only made it to this season’s Champions League competition as holders but were soon tossed out of contention as they failed to qualify from the group stage.

Between such a chaotic start, they also sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo and installed former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez to turn their season around on an interim basis.

Benitez has only delivered one Premier League win in four outings thus far and pressure was on him to win the FIFA World Club Cup – a trophy he won days before being sacked by Inter Milan two years ago.

This time around, the Spaniard couldn’t even win on this front. The Blues will now return empty-handed from their long trip to Japan despite the return of legendary midfielder Frank Lampard, who remains optimistic about fighting in other competitions for the remainder of the campaign.

“We have to win a run of games in the league now. We’ve got the league, the Europa League, the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup coming up. We have to move on,” the veteran concluded.

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