The England defender hinted that the Brazilian could have been sent off for the two-footed tackle on him, but is happy to have come out of the challenge unharmed
Gary Cahill is relieved that Manchester United defender Rafael’s two-footed injury time tackle did not cause him any serious damage.
The Brazilian was only showed a yellow card by referee Phil Down after lunging in on the Chelsea centre-back during the Blues’ 3-1 victory on Sunday.
The challenge came minutes after Nemanja Vidic was sent off for a reckless tackle on Eden Hazard, and the 28-year-old hinted that Rafael should have followed the Serbia man down the tunnel.
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“I do feel he lunged in two-footed, I don't know why but thankfully I rode it and I didn't get injured.
“It was a very important game and a very hard game. We played really well in the first half and I think we controlled the match. It's massive for the confidence and a massive three points.
“It's important to be on top of our game, we played well and we deserved the three points.”
Cahill also praised striker Samuel Eto’o for his hat-trick, as Chelsea beat United at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2011.
“His goals today were great,” said the defender. 'The manager said at half-time we weren't playing particularly well but nevertheless we were 2-0 up.
“Samuel got his chances and he took them so it was great for us and great for him.
“At 3-0 it was difficult for them to come back into the game, they got the goal late and it was a bit nervy but we managed to see it through and it was a huge win for us.”