Class CHELSEA and ENGLAND defender GARY CAHILL reveals the best players he’s come up against during his top career!
GARY SAYS: “Leroy Sane. We played Germany last year, and obviously I’ve played him in the Prem, and he’s just lightning! He’s pure acceleration, but he can maintain it. When a ball comes over the top and you set off knowing he’s coming behind you, it’s scary!”
GARY SAYS: “That would be somebody like Andy Carroll or Troy Deeney. Those types of players who hold the ball up and bring players into the game. They’ll try to pin you back, and obviously you have to be strong to do that.”
GARY SAYS: “I’ve played Messi and Ronaldo so it’s hard to look past them, but for someone who likes to try a lot of tricks it’s Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace – he’ll do tricks for fun! It’s just so unpredictable, and you don’t see that kind of player often these days.”
GARY SAYS: “I’d have to say Harry Kane. He’s an unbelievable finisher with both feet – he just hits the ball hard and low, and hits the target regularly. Jermain Defoe has to be in that category as well. From anywhere, left foot, right foot – he’d just bang it! I’ve played him a lot and his finishing is brilliant, so he gets a shout.”
GARY SAYS: “We had a few seasons where we kept drawing PSG in the Champions League, and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, they’re a good side.’ We weren’t playing badly but it was just so hard to get close to them – people like Cavani, Verratti, Di Maria. In that particular game, it was tough.”
GARY SAYS: “Marouane Fellaini’s really difficult to manage in the box, and also just as a target when the ball’s played up to him in the air. He gets everything involved – his elbows, his arms, his hair! But he’s powerful, and ultimately he’s very difficult to win headers against.”
Gary Cahill was supporting the fifth season of PlayStation Schools’ Cup, the biggest grassroots football tournament in the country. Since its launch, over 150,000 players have been involved. Visit www.playstationschoolscup.com