Hello readers, as most of you are probably aware John Terry today signed a contract extension at Chelsea (17/05/2016) keeping him at the club for another year at the least. He told the club’s website “I am delighted to have signed a new contract with the club. Everyone knows I’m Chelsea through and through.”
Terry recently reached a career milestone of 700 club appearances, is known to the fans as a legend of the club, as being a part of Chelsea since he was 14 years old. Below I have put a list of his top 5 club moments.
Number 5 – Early captaincy
John Terry’s breakthrough season when he established himself as a Chelsea player was in 2000. Where he started 23 matches for the club and the following season captained the team for the first time in a league game against Charlton in his early 20s. Some would say he was born to captain Chelsea, the rest of his career after that point would prove that statement true.
Number 4 – Top goalscorer
Chelsea’s captain is known for his goals in important matches and has been a role model defender showing how to leap up above the rest in both defence and attack. In 2015 John netted his 39th club career goal against Liverpool making him the leading Premier League goalscoring defender since it was re branded back in 1992.
Number 3 – The rise of the Special One
In the summer of 2004 recently arrived owner Roman Abramovic brought in Jose Mourinho, a hot prospect fresh from leading his previous team Porto to winning the Champions League. That season was a huge one for Chelsea, with Terry helping them win their first ever Premiership trophy and smashing several club and football league records. One of which was the best defensive record record in football league history, also leading the Blues to winning the League Cup that same season. The start of something great but was sadly to change a few years after as Jose Mourinho was famously sacked in 2007, some say he fell out with Abramovic but only those two know. Heartbreaking for Chelsea fans none the less…
Number 2 – Further trophies
Terry and his beloved Chelsea went on to win the Premiership trophy again the following season (2005/06) the FA Cup in 2006/07, 2008/09 and the Premier league title twice more in the 2009/110 and 2014/15 seasons. Also the League Cup trophy more in 2006/007 and 2014/15. Some may disagree with the placing of this in the list but JT said himself his greatest honour is winning trophies with Chelsea, the main one of them all is to follow..
Number 1 – From Moscow to Munich
In 2008 Chelsea took on Manchester United in an all English Champions League final, the match ending 1-1 in 90 minutes and finished 6-5 to United after a somewhat tense and very emotional penalty shootout, with Terry famously slipping whilst taking his kick and missing the goal. One of his personal low career moments I can imagine..
However in a very topsy-turby season that was the 2011-2012 one, saw the likes of André Villas-Boas arrive in the summer and not lasting a mere seven months as manager after being sacked, an ex-Chelsea legend took over in the shape of Roberto Di Matteo. Guiding Chelsea to the Champions League trophy after they beat Bayern Munich at their own ground in what seemed to be fate. The final didn’t see John play as he was sent off in the semi final clash with Barcelona after kneeing Alexis Sanchez in the back in an off the ball incident. It didn’t stop the captain lifting the trophy though as he put his kit on specially for the occasion and joined the match winner Drogba and co. as they celebrated their triumph. The following year he captained the side to winning the Europa League and Chelsea becoming the only side to EVER achieve a Champions League and Europa League trophy back-to-back.
By Dan H, TFN Columnist on 18/05/2016 at 15:48
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