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Gary Cahill could play as a centre-forward, claims Antonio Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has claimed his side have a secret centre-forward, in the form of Gary Cahill.

The defender scored Chelsea’s winning goal against Stoke at the weekend, to move the Blues 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.


Cahill’s 87th minute winner delighted his manager, especially as the centre-back gave away a penalty earlier in the match which allowed Stoke to equalise before half-time.

And after the game, Conte joked that the England star has the necessary attributes to play as a striker.


Conte said: “For me, Gary, he can play also as a centre forward.

“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.”

Hmm, he may be good Antonio, but he’s no Sergio Ramos.


With the international break upon us (boo…), Chelsea are next in action against Crystal Palace on April 1.