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'It is a little setback' - Cahill urges Chelsea to stay calm in Premier League title race

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has urged his team-mates to remain calm following their surprise 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace.

Antonio Conte's men started Saturday's encounter at Stamford Bridge in fine fashion as Cesc Fabregas needed just five minutes to open the scoring.

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However, Palace hit back swiftly via Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke to take home the three points.

The shock defeat saw Tottenham close the gap to seven points following their 2-0 win over Burnley, but Cahill sees no reason for panic just yet ahead of Wednesday's home clash with Manchester City.

"We are disappointed as we had a chance to chalk another three points off," Cahill told Match of the Day.

"We have to regroup. It is a little setback but we need to focus on Wednesday. We need to keep calm and go again. The gap is still there. It puts emphasis on Wednesday. It adds a bit more pressure but the boys respond to that.

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"They made it difficult. It was a crazy 15 minutes [but] once we settled it was one-way traffic.

"I hate possession stats. It is about putting the ball in the net."

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