Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Chelsea's last man standing Terry will be missed more than you think

The Blues won everything with him as their leader and he is fittingly the last man out of the door for one of English football's greatest ever teams
Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech, Ricardo Carvalho, Michael Essien, Joe Cole, Ashley Cole, Michael Ballack, John Obi Mikel, Branislav Ivanovic and now John Terry - Chelsea's greatest ever team will finally be dismantled in the summer.
Terry's best and worst Chelsea moments
Terry will leave as the greatest of them all after 22 years as a Chelsea player, breaking in under Gianluca Vialli and ultimately earning 14 major honours in 713 appearances and counting.
He has more trophies than the entire Arsenal line up and he is the Premier League's all-time top scoring defender. He is the last defender to win the PFA Player of the Year and he is the player with the most best defender awards in Europe.
Most importantly though, he is Chelsea through and through. He remained a constant fixture of a team where £20 million, £30 million and even £50 million players came and went. He was also a constant as managers changed on a regular basis - and there were a lot of managers, 15 of them, to be precise.

Chelsea were in flux as Roman Abramovich's revolution created a chaotic atmosphere. Terry provided continuity and leadership at the club in that time with each manager realising just how good he was. Only his fourteenth manager took him out of the first team as Antonio Conte looked to others as he hit the age of 35.
They now have a place at the top table of both English and European football for the foreseeable future. They even became the first club in London to win the Champions League and they will probably do it for a second time before their local rivals too. It was the most successful era in the club's history.
He will fall short of Ron "Chopper" Harris' appearance record but his legacy will last as long as Chelsea exist - as he was the captain who lifted the Blues' first league title for 50 years. The celebrations were emotional as Chelsea brought back memories of teams gone by after beating Bolton in 2005.
He is respected at all levels of the club and he is now getting the send off that he deserves but his presence at Cobham will be sorely missed. Terry provides support, advice and influence within their Surrey base. He keeps an eye on everything from the youth teams to the successful women's team and his passion means that he does all this with ease, while also helping the first team squad.

Conte hasn't had to call upon his captain, leader, legend all that much but he wanted to keep him around in his first season at the club. The Italian will be glad that he was able to work with Terry and may call him back once his playing days are done - as leaders like him don't come around all too often in any walk of life.
Terry almost left Chelsea last summer but Conte fought to keep him around and he has aided the transition of what could be a stable new beginning for the club - after a decade of turbulence.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

'There's still a place for Zlatan' - Neville sees Man Utd roles for Ibrahimovic and Rashford under Mourinho

The former defender would like to see the Red Devils add to their striker pool in the summer transfer window, offering them greater squad depth

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford have important roles to play at Manchester United heading forward, says Gary Neville.
The former has been a talismanic presence for the Red Devils this season, netting 28 goals, while the latter provided impressive cover for the Swede in a 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday.
Rashford’s performance in that contest has re-opened the debate regarding the need to get him more minutes as a central striker, with the presence of Ibrahimovic often denying him that opportunity.

"There's still a place for Zlatan. I used to like being part of a squad that had four strikers. Actually you had a Zlatan, you might have had a Chicharito to come on and you had a Rashford.

"I'd like to see him phased over another season whereby [Anthony] Martial, Rashford and maybe someone else comes in and you see a changing of the guard, but you still have the experience that is required there.”
United have been heavily linked with several attacking options ahead of the summer, with Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann considered to be a top target.