Terry: AVB Has Put Fear Into Players
England skipper John Terry admits Chelsea’s previous “untouchables” are at risk of their place under new boss Andre Villa-Boas.
Terry was famously one of Jose Mourinho’s “untouchables” but admitted he began to fret last season that he could be axed. The Blues captain has been the backbone to Chelsea’s success for the past decade buts admits the arrival of AVB has done little to reassure him of his first team status.
“I feared losing my place last year and many other things,” said Terry.
“It’s a fresh start for everyone, we’ve had to come in and prove ourselves, even though he watched every game last year and he knows a lot of the players anyway.
“He said anyone can lose their place.
“We all come in fighting for our places so we’re all keen to see what the starting XI is going to be against Stoke.”
Terry admitted he, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba were no longer “untouchables”. Insisting he would never “sulk” if he was dropped, Terry said:
“I know there’s this feeling out there that players like myself, Lamps and Didier, the players that have been there for a long time, take our place in the team for granted.
“But it’s the complete opposite.
“We are the ones day in, day out, who are digging in deep, getting everyone together, making sure we are setting the example.
“And when we play a five-a-side, it’s the players like me, Diddler, Lamps and Ash (Ashley Cole) who care and say, ‘It’s not okay to lose 3-0 in training’.
“If you lose 3-0 in training then you go into the game at the weekend not believing, and for us that really matters.
“So when people say, ‘We’ve been here a long time, we don’t really care’ – it’s the complete opposite.”
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