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Chelsea defender Cahill: I've proved I can handle big-time matches

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is enjoying his big match experience with the Blues.

Chelsea kick-off this season's Champions League campaign against FC Basel on Wednesday night and Cahill is relishing the prospect of more high-profile games.

"It is positive for me that I am doing well in difficult games," said Cahill. "I thrive on it.

"That's what you want as a footballer, to perform well in the big, high-profile games. They are brilliant, brilliant.

"We had the Bayern Munich game at Chelsea that was very tough and high-pressure, and it was no ­different for England in Ukraine. I've proved I can play in those big games for club and country now. That's a big thing. From when I made the move to Chelsea, there were always going to be question marks, but I feel I've answered them now.

"I've played in the big games and I've done well. For me, it's about ­consistently churning out ­performances and looking to improve at the same time. Hopefully, I've got rid of the question marks over whether I can play at the top level."

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