We lost the Community Shield, we were unlucky but we have to think about [the league].
Chelsea had only returned from a pre-eason largely spent in the United States on Wednesday while Arsenal, who resumed training a week earlier than Jose Mourinho’s team, appeared fresher.
But according to Cahill, there was not much to choose between the London rivals.
The Blues faced their former goalkeeper Petr Cech for the first time since his £10 million (€14 million) move to Arsenal, and Terry was unsurprised by a solid display from the Czech.
And after Arsenal’s win on Sunday, Mourinho shook hands with the Arsenal players after they had collected the shield but missed Wenger when the Frenchman walked behind him.
We didn’t play our best stuff with the ball, I think Chelsea deserve credit for that, they are a great defensive side, and they stopped us from playing at time.
Mourinho also pointed to the increase in quality at the Premier League’s smaller clubs, suggesting they will snatch more points from the top clubs this season.
“Now starts the championship and we have to turn up with the needed performance and the demanded performance in every single game”.
The champions begin their defence of the title with a home game against Swansea City on Saturday and their first away game is against Manchester City, last season’s runners-up, on August 16, which can be seen on Sky Sports 1.
Jose Mourinho has admitted that he can not guarantee Diego Costa will always be fit enough to play for Chelsea after the striker picked up an injury.
“You can see that on the pitch when we are playing, through the season”.
When asked directly about his reluctance to even acknowledge Wenger’s presence at Wembley at the weekend, Mourinho suggested it was a non-issue.
Mourinho said: “Professionally we had some interferences and a bit of a disagreement with some ideas”.
The Portuguese also commented on an incident between the duo last season, when Wenger had pushed Mourinho on the touchline during a match at Stamford Bridge.
“This squad has the experience and character”.