Sunday 19 November 2017

Terry sets heart on domestic double

Jeremy Wilson

JOHN TERRY has urged his Chelsea team-mates to grasp the opportunity to make this the most successful season in the club's 105-year history.

Chelsea took a giant stride towards the Premier League title when they beat Bolton 1-0 on Tuesday, with the visitors departing enraged at being refused penalties following handballs by both Terry and Didier Drogba.

Terry was unrepentant and, with the title now in reach, has set his heart on helping Chelsea to become the seventh English club to win a domestic double.

"You compete and you compete, always at 100pc, and then, when the opportunity arises, you have to seize it," said Terry. "When you seize it, you can make history. We've never won the league and cup double. In my lifetime only Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have. We weren't at our best. Nerves took their toll late on, but we managed to hold on."

Terry denied accusations of a deliberate handball against Bolton, despite appearing to use his left arm to block Chung-Yong Lee's cross. "I don't know what it looked like on TV, but it certainly felt like it came off my chest," he added.

Carlo Ancelotti's side have enjoyed a resurgence over the past 21 days. From facing questions about whether he feared the sack, he is within five matches of an achievement that would surpass anything even Jose Mourinho accomplished at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have already scored their highest total of Premier League goals in a season, although it was the defence that was crucial on Tuesday as Peter Cech registered a 100th clean sheet in his 179th league game.

"We can play great football and we can score goals, but when you reach the point when the game doesn't go your way, you have to dig deep," said Cech. "You can't win the Premier League by playing only brilliant football. If there is a game when you have to defend, defend, defend and win only 1-0, then you need to." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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