Former England captain John Terry has hit back at claims his team are a bunch of ‘Southern Softies’ and vowed to get the teams season back on course.
After suffering a horrific dip in form over the festive season, Chelsea dropped from 1st to 4th in the Premier League, and looked to be struggling with key players out injured.
The champions showed signs of recovery by smashing Ipswich for 7 in the FA cup and this week’s resounding 4-0 away win at Bolton confirmed the champions are back in the race.
“Our self-belief is back, but we’ve got some really tough games coming up at Everton and Sunderland now. People might say we’re southern softies as we’ve not won away for a while, but we’re certainly not that,” said Terry.
“We showed at Bolton we can mix it or stick it in the box. We’ve shown we can fight and earn the right to play,” he added.
Chelsea have only won one away game in the Premier League since November and many blame the teams ageing and limited squad for their troubles of late.
With stars like Drogba, Lampard, Terry, Anelka and Ashley cole all now 30 or older, many are labelling the team as past it.
Terry disagrees. “The age thing is annoying. Towards the end of last year I heard a lot of things about us showing great experience with the players we had in the squad, but three months later we’re all too old,” Terry said.
“Next year we’ll all be a year older so will really be in trouble. We’ve got players who are 30, 31, 32, but also some young blood coming through. It’s a great mix.”
“One thing you can’t take away from this group is our winning mentality, which rubs off on everyone who comes in,”
It’s clear by the way the team celebrated their goals at Bolton on Tuesday night that some of the old Mourinho togetherness is still instilled in the group. Can they claw back a 12 point deficit against all the odds and keep hold of the title they won last year?