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Chelsea defender Cahill learning from the masters

Gary Cahill has no problems with Chelsea retaining their experienced stars as the Blues defender is enjoying learning from playing with them. The former Bolton player insisted the performance of Didier Drogba and fellow thirty-somethings Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole in Saturday's epic victory over Bayern Munich proved they still had plenty to offer - especially to him.

"I don't see it being the end," the England defender said.

"Frank Lampard was fantastic. Ashley Cole was amazing and he's probably been the best left-back in the world for many years.

"Didier, again, turned up, the big man for the big occasion.

"You just learn from these sorts of boys, especially myself.

"Hopefully, I can learn fast."

Cahill admitted he felt added pressure on Saturday in the absence of another Chelsea veteran, suspended captain John Terry.

"I felt pressure because, obviously, the skipper wasn't there," said the 26-year-old, who revealed he was not even fully fit after almost a month out with a hamstring injury.

"Because of the size of the game and what it meant to the club - obviously playing the Champions League next season - however much you want to try to play it down in your head and relax, you knew it was a massive, massive game."

He added: "You only get the experience by playing in the games and, now, these games, the Barcelona games, and even coming on in the Benfica game in the second half was a great experience for myself and will only improve me as a player."

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