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The former Bolton centre-back says it was important to finish the campaign on a high by winning the Europa League, and is now turning his attention to a busy post-season schedule

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill believes the west London club can be proud of their achievements this season.

The Blues secured third place in the league – and Champions League qualification – as well as winning the Europa League, despite an unpopular managerial change.

And the former Bolton centre-back is pleased the club were able to end a roller coaster year with silverware, which will boost morale ahead of the next campaign.

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“I think you have to say we finished strongly,” Cahill told the club's official wesbite. “We got the third position we were aiming for and achieved what we wanted there, and we finished with a trophy.

“We had ups and downs but like last year we finished well and we can be pleased.

“You've got to judge it by where you are in the league at certain stages. At three quarters of the way we were looking for third and we managed to achieve that. After we went out of the FA Cup we had one trophy left and it was important to pick up some silverware.”

Despite a gruelling 69-game season, Cahill – and many of his team-mates – still cannot rest with post-season friendlies set to take place for both club and country.

“We will train for the next couple of days and will be involved in the game on Thursday and then fly back on Friday,” Cahill continued.

“It's not stopped yet. I finish totally on June 3 I think. I'm looking forward to the internationals because I missed the last ones with injury, but then looking forward to a rest at the end of what's been a long season.”

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