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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Terry: Title win is the start of a new Blues era

Chelsea's John Terry (left) and Cesar Azpilicueta celebrate after the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London
Chelsea's John Terry (left) and Cesar Azpilicueta celebrate after the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London

John Terry believes Chelsea’s first Premier League title win in five years is just the start of a new era of trophy gathering at Stamford Bridge.

Blues captain Terry will on May 24 lift the Premier League trophy for a fourth time and first since 2009/10 after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace gave Jose Mourinho’s men an unassailable lead with three games to spare.

Terry has been an integral member of Chelsea’s squad for more than a decade and has played every minute of all 35 of the Premier League matches this season.

The 34-year-old, who has already signed a new contract until the end of next season, is optimistic the current squad can replicate the achievements of Mourinho’s first squad, which won the 2004/05 Premier League and stayed together for much of the next decade, culminating in the 2012 Champions League win.

“This is the start of a new group, a new era and for sure this current group are going to go on to win many more trophies for the club,” Terry said.

“This is a tough trophy to win. It’s been five years since we won it. It will take a few days to sink in.

“It’s been a long time. We’ve been great this season, fully deserve it. Absolutely delighted to get it.”

He reserved special praise for the tactical nous of Mourinho, who now has three Premier League titles after switching to a more pragmatic approach as the title drew near.

“He’s been brilliant,” Terry said. “He deserves a lot more respect as well. We’ve been top since day one. It’s a big feat to do that. We’ve done it right from the start.”

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