Tuesday 23 January 2018

Damien Duff narrowly misses out in John Terry’s all-time Chelsea XI

Arjen Robben and Damien Duff celebrate winning the Premier League title
Arjen Robben and Damien Duff celebrate winning the Premier League title

John Terry has selected his all-time Chelsea side from players he has played beside and former Ireland international Damien Duff has narrowly missed out on a place.

The Blues captain told The Daily Mail his eleven picks and admitted that Duff, who spent three years at Stamford Bridge and won two Premier League titles, was unfortunate to miss out, but chose Eden Hazard in his place.

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

A clear choice for Terry in goal, with the Czech Republic star having won four league titles with the club before leaving for Arsenal last summer.

Right-back: Branislav Ivanovic

Sloppy this season but one of the most dependable perfomers for Chelsea since his arrival in 2008.

Left-back: Ashley Cole

Enhanced his reputation as one of England's best ever full-backs after his controversial move from Arsenal.

Centre-back: Ricardo Carvalho

Formed a superb partnership with Terry in the first Jose Mourinho era, where his performances delivered two league titles.

Centre-back: John Terry

Of course, Terry finds a place for himself in the side - which is fair enough, really...

Defensive midfield: Claude Makelele

The man who defined a role all by himself, and set the standard for those who followed him.

Midfield: Frank Lampard

One of the finest box-to-box midfielders of his generation, and Chelsea's record goalscorer with 211.

Midfield: Eden Hazard

As Terry puts it, "Damien Duff was good but it's got to be Hazard in that position". Last season's player of the year.

Right wing: Arjen Robben

Caused havoc down the right flank with Chelsea in Mourinho's first spell before going on to even better things with Bayern Munich.

Left wing: Gianfranco Zola

Probably the most popular player in Chelsea's history, whose contributions helped turn the club into a force in the mid-1990s.

Centre-forward: Didier Drogba

The leader of the Chelsea pack in his first spell at the club and not too shabby when he returned for a second spell, either. Won the Champions League for Chelsea in 2012 against Bayern Munich.


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