Wednesday 17 January 2018

Terry defends 'boring' tag as Chelsea close in on title

John Terry
John Terry

John Terry recognises Chelsea's performances in the second half of the season have been forgettable, but says it matters not a jot as Jose Mourinho's men close in on the Premier League title.

Arsenal supporters sang "boring, boring Chelsea" during Sunday's goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium, leaving the Blues needing six more points to be confirmed as champions for the first time in five years.

Mourinho responded by pointing to Arsenal's Premier League drought - "boring is 10 years without a title", he said - and questioned why Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was not more positive with his changes in the second half.

Terry followed suit and insisted winning football was what mattered, while pointing to Chelsea's free-flowing style earlier in the season.

The Blues captain said: "We are definitely not boring and if we do go on to win it, nobody's going to remember those performances when perhaps it's not been that exciting. We've dug deep and other teams haven't done and that is why they are so far behind us.

"Possession and tippy-tappy football's great - we could see that from the Manchester United game last week (when Chelsea won 1-0, despite United having the majority of the ball) - but if you are not winning games, you're not going to win the league.

"Let's not forget the first half of the season, up until Christmas, we were the best side by far.

"The football we played with (Cesc) Fabregas and his assists, the goal at Burnley (Andre Schurrle's strike on the opening day) and goals after that. The play was different class."

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