Chelsea captain John Terry has claimed that a mixture of a change in formation and Carlo Ancelotti’s belief is the reason for their sudden charge for the title.
In a week that sort the title race swing right open once more, with Chelsea defeating Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United losing to 3rd place Arsenal, Terry was quick to suggest that the West London club had never stopped believing that the title had been lost.
“I always believed. Through the season, you have good spells, some not so good spells and some bad patches as well. There was no doubt we’d have a bad one and it was about coming out of that as soon as we could.”
The Chelsea captain continued.
“It took us a few weeks to do that but once we did, we’ve shown a turn of form at the right time. All we could do was keep winning and putting the pressure on.”
The weekend results now means John Terry’s men have the chance to go top on goal difference if they defeat Manchester United at Old Trafford next weekend, something the Blues accomplished last season.
“As we showed last year by going to Old Trafford and winning a decisive game in the Premier League, there’s no reason why we can’t go there and win again. There’s no bigger spur than going to Old Trafford and winning to put ourselves right in the frame for bringing the Premier League trophy back to the Bridge.”
As with last year, it was this stage of the season that Chelsea found there best form, annihilating all those in front of them. Whilst Chelsea had a poor period that seemed to go on forever, Terry feels a change in the formation was the spur for their re-emergence as title challengers.
“We’ve got that mentality on the training pitch, a great manager the players believe in and trust. He deserves a great deal of credit. He took a lot of stick (Ancelotti) but he kept us going and, with the formation, went back to what worked for us earlier in the season. We will never give up.”