John Terry has hit back at the critics who have called Chelsea “boring”, as the Blues beat Leicester at the King Power Stadium to take another step towards winning the Premier League.
Having gone behind to a Marc Albrighton goal on the stroke of half-time, Chelsea struck back with goals from Didier Drogba, Ramires and the captain himself, Terry.
The ex-England defender said after the game, “We’ve been the best side all season…[we] deserve respect”. His thoughts were echoed by Chelsea’s striker Drogba when he said, “We don’t get enough credit. We are top of the league, we have the most points and people find us boring because we have been top since day one”.
The win means that Chelsea are just one victory away from their fourth title under the Portuguese manager. If they beat Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday then they’ll be crowned Champions.
Mourinho said “This was the month when people were waiting for Chelsea to slip up, to lose one game or draw…we were phenomenal tactically, with team spirit”.
The Chelsea manager doesn’t intend to take anything for granted, though, and he is asking the Chelsea fans to make sure they don’t either. He said, “I hope our fans walk up to Stamford Bridge not celebrating but to play the match with us and push them – that is the spirit we have in our group”.
Nigel Pearson was quick to praise Chelsea too, despite seeing his team Leicester City throw away their lead and remain fighting for their Premier League survival. He stated after the match, “I’ve heard criticism of Chelsea recently and I find it bemusing to be honest. The best sides are able to win games in different ways and Chelsea illustrated that tonight”.
He continued, “Before the game started we knew it was a case of when, rather than if, Chelsea win the title. The result did not necessarily reflect the balance of the game but we played against a very good side who will be worthy winners of the Premier League”.
The Aston Villa goalkeeper, Shay Given, also backed up Terry’s remark that Chelsea deserve more respect than they’ve been getting. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, the Irishman said, “People had been talking before the game, calling Chelsea boring and predictable, but they came here and swept Leicester aside…they are so close to touching the title”.
Boring or not, Chelsea are potentially just 90 minutes away from lifting the Premier League trophy, and their fans won’t mind it if that sort of tedium continues for a long time.