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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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  1. Oyetunji Johnson from Nigeria

    August 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Let make sure we get mudric in exchange of yossi.

  2. Gary

    August 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Buying teenagers with limited experience is the way to go for the future, but right now Chelsea needs some ready-made youngsters who are proven at top clubs. Lukaku is a good example; he can play right away, but we need a few more, especially in the winger, right back, and central defence positions. Someone must be phased in to fill John Terry’s shoes this year; and I would volunteer Neven Subotic for that. I am not totally sure that Van De Wiel would be the best option to replace Ferreira or Bosingwa, but I am sure that a replacement is needed. But a top winger is perhaps the most interesting consideration; I think most Chelsea fans are eager to see a player that can make a difference when the opposition parks the metaphoric bus across goal. Here we need a player with the vision and tricks to send defenders the wrong way, and the skill to lay on a perfect pass or attack alone. And here only one name springs to mind and that is Neymar. For all the concerns I and others have about him I still think he would prove to be an extraordinary weapon (He is a striker, winger, and central midfielder). Perhaps Di Matteo was watching him in Germany this week for similar reasons. If I had the money I would go for it.

  3. Jossywize.

    August 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Competition? Good for the team.

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