Not so long ago, most people thought that John Terry’s best days were behind him.
Just a couple of seasons ago, JT was plagued by a two-month injury and was unable to hit the ground running. From managers to pundits; everyone thought his form was on a drastic decline. Even Mourinho felt the same way when he arrived at Chelsea. He said:
“I thought he was over, because he hadn’t played for the previous two years, two or three consecutive matches. He was not an option for the managers. He was injured. The managers preferred other players in front of him.”
Fast forward two seasons and it is safe to say that this has been one of John’s best seasons at Chelsea. He has been an integral part of the squad and instrumental in our title winning campaign. Even at the age of 34, the former England skipper has played each and every minute for Chelsea in the Premier League. His determination to succeed is the reason behind him being reckoned as the Premier League’s best defender. He has also made it to the various teams of the year and also came third in the prestigious Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year award; a testament to how good he has been this season.
John Terry, or ‘Captain Fantastic’, as he is dearly called by the West London faithful, is a Chelsea man through and through. It will surely be a dreaded day when he will have to leave the club or hang up his boots. This is one of the reasons why this season has been phenomenal for most of the fans. They got to see the John Terry of the old, commanding the defense and closing down the opposition.
One big factor that aided John’s performances this season is the team that Mourinho has built around the Englishman. The entire team has supported JT and brought out the best in him. The two full-backs worked extra hard to track back and hold the defensive shape, not letting the team get caught on the break. Nemanja Matic was an absolute monster in midfield, breaking down attacks and dropping back into spaces to prevent the opposition from getting at the defense. Thibaut Courtois has been a revelation in himself, managing to knock the veteran Petr Cech off his perch. Through his performances, the young Belgian has cemented the number one spot for himself, and some of the saves he made were nothing less than top-drawer.
This structure has been crucial to John Terry’s form as he did not need to take any additional risks. He has played to his strengths and done what he does best – defend. His tremendous performances have earned him a one-year contract extension. Needless to say, every Chelsea fan knows that for the next season to be as good as this one, our Captain, Leader, Legend will have to play a significant part.
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Edited By: Vikram
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