John Terry has taken a swipe at Chelsea’s critics, namely Arsenal fans, in the wake of their 0-0 stalemate with the Gunners this weekend, saying you don’t win titles playing ‘tippy tappy football’.
The Emirates faithful chanted ‘boring, boring Chelsea’ at the end of their goalless draw with the Blues, a result which effectively ends the Gunners title challenge and leaves Chelsea needing just two wins in their last five games to seal a first Premier League trophy in five years.
Mourinho said in response to the criticism that ‘boring is not to win the title for ten years’, according to The Guardian, a reference to Arsenal’s last Premier League win in 2004, and John Terry has echoed his manager’s sentiment.
“We are definitely not boring and if we do go on to win it, nobody’s going to remember the performances when perhaps it’s not been that exciting,” said Terry.
“But we’ve dug deep and other teams haven’t done, and that is why they are so far behind us.
“Possession is great, we could see that from the Manchester United game last week. Possession and tippy-tappy football’s great, but if you are not winning games, you’re not going to win the league.”
Chelsea were certainly the form team in the first half of the campaign but have seemingly altered their style in the latter stages of the season, they haven’t won by more than a one goal margin since January, to remain atop the table.
Yet despite this ‘less artistic’ approach, as Mourinho calls it, the Blues still remain the second highest scorers in the division.
“Let’s not forget the first half of the season, up until Christmas, when we were the best side by far,” said Terry. “The football we played with Cesc Fabregas and his assists, the Andre Schurrle goal at Burnley and others after that. The play was different class.
“Things then went against us and the manager, being him, came up with the way to get us through games. That’s where he’s at his best.
“Let’s not forget we were the best side up until Christmas for sure and we have actually beaten the teams who have made things difficult for us.
“Now we are one step from where we want to be. Leicester are flying, you can see they have got a bit of wind in their sails as well, so it is going to be a really tough game on Wednesday, but it is in our hands. Not anybody else’s.
“We are grinding out results, we have got the quality in the squad, so hopefully we can get over the line because we are very close.”