Chelsea defender Gary Cahill insists he is not bothered about how their style of play is perceived as long as the club win the Premier League.
After a formation change to 3-4-3 and an impressive campaign thus far, the West London club are now 10-points clear at the top of the league table.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho made a remark at his former club last month, when he said Chelsea have won games this season mainly owing to their defence.
“They score one goal and they win,” Mourinho said. “They defend a lot – they defend well.”
However, England international Cahill says Antonio Conte’s side, who won their 21st league game of the campaign against West Ham United at the London Stadium on Monday night, deserve to be at the summit.
“I don’t care how we are top of the league. I think we are top of the league for a reason,” Cahill insisted.
“We have been working hard, playing well, not conceding goals and scoring goals. That’s why we are top of the league.”
Despite being the bookmakers’ favourites to take the Premier League title to Stamford Bridge come May, Cahill believes the race is not over just yet.
He added: “We just want to keep that going. I cannot stress enough [that] it’s not over, we’ve got a difficult month next month which is going to be important.
“We’re focused, we’re not listening to any noise, we know what we’re doing, we’re fully ready to try to see this over the line.
“I just see that we have put ourselves in a good position.”
By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)