Gary Cahill has warned that Chelsea can undo all the good work of their Monday masterclass if they approach this weekend’s Newcastle match with too much complacency.
The defender admits the team will still be on a high thanks to their stunning win over Manchester City but knows they must not get carried away.
Blues host Alan Pardew’s Magpies on Saturday, knowing that both their main title contenders will be doing battle away from home.
And he says they need to avoid the sort of slip-up that saw them drop points in their last Stamford Bridge match, against West Ham.
“No disrespect to West Ham,” said Cahill. “We had loads of possession. We spoke about that after the game and that was a blow to stuff two points up at home.
“We’re now on the positive end of a great win away from home, so we can’t afford to throw that away at the weekend against a tough team.
“We’re home again – we should be buzzing with confidence and ready to go again.”
Blues sit third in the table, after destroying City’s 100 per cent home league record, behind Manuel Pellegrini’s side on a probably unassailable goal difference, and two points off leaders Arsenal.
One of the stars of that win at Eastlands was new re-signing Nemanja Matic and Cahill sung the praises of the man who joined the Blues just as double player of the year Juan Mata departed.
He said: “Juan and him are totally different players, so we can’t really compare them.
“(Against City) he brought that strength. He played against Stoke and he brought strength and power in the middle of the field.
“He breaks play up, and he can drive forward with it as well – he’s got a lovely left foot and is a great passer. He looks like the all-round player.
“He’s played two games for us and played really well, so hopefully that’ll continue. He’s settled in very fast.”