John Terry says it’s an unbelievable feeling to win Chelsea’s first Premier League title in five years and, more personally, is proud to prove doubters of his ability to continue playing in the top-flight wrong.
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The Blues secured their fourth Premier League crown with three games remaining, after a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and after the game, Terry used the opportunity to put right a few suggestions he might be past it.
A few seasons ago their were question marks over the long-term future of the skipper at Stamford Bridge with Terry looking every one of his senior years. However, under Jose Mourinho’s stewardship the Blues captain has almost had a renaissance and has been rewarded with a one-year contract extension to keep him with the west London side until at least 2016.
Speaking after the game, Terry refused to give names but said he was happy to prove a particular critic wrong and suggested that perhaps this is Chelsea best Premier League title yet.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. We’ve worked so hard, so to get over the line is great. It was a bit nervy – they are a good side and made it difficult. Thankfully Eden got the goal and we won the game,” he said after the game with Palace, according to the BBC
“One person said – they know who they are – I couldn’t play twice in a week and I proved them wrong. I’ve got great players and a great manager.
“This is what I live for. It’s been five years since we’ve won it. The first one was special and you go four or five years without it and that hurts. So I’ll really enjoy it today.”
Terry almost used the opportunity to send his condolences to Rio Ferdinand following the sudden and shocking death of his wife Rebecca Ellison on Friday.
The two defenders have had a poor relationship since Terry was accused of racially abusing Rio’s brother Anton in a game in 2011.
However, Terry passed on his sympathies following the game.
“I would like, on behalf of myself and everyone at Chelsea, to send our condolences to Rio Ferdinand and his family,” he said according to Mirror Online.