Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has praised the impact of teammate Samuel Eto’o after Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Cameroon star struck twice to put Chelsea in command against the Germans, with his first having shades of a recent incident against Cardiff City about it.
That day, Eto’o dispossessed Bluebirds goalkeeper David Marshall when he was bouncing the ball, eventually leading to Eden Hazard to score. It caused a storm in the aftermath, with many questioning why the referee allowed the goal to stand as Eto’o’s interception should have resulted in a free-kick.
The only scandal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, however, was the error made by Schalke stopper Timo Hildebrand, coincidentally in front of the Shed End—the same stand where Hazard’s controversial goal was scored.
Dallying in possession, Eto’o crept up on Hildebrand and deflected the goalkeeper’s clearance into the net to put Chelsea ahead.
“We don’t mind how he does it [score],” said Cahill, who was speaking exclusively to Bleacher Report. “Today he has shown two sides to the game […] He sparked us into life with the first one, but with the second one he showed his quality, like he has done over the years. It was a fantastic finish.”
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Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes