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Terry sees red as Chelsea show signs of cracking

April 19, 2010

You wouldn’t have said this 3 days ago, but the aesthetically calm and professional Chelsea seem to be displaying significant signs of wilting under the pressure of another title race, which looks like it will go right down to the last sinew of the season.

John Terry’s red card against London rivals Tottenham at the weekend is not only representative of a man who has completely lost the plot since allegations over his private life surfaced, but may also be a warning of things to come for the Blues. An atypically off the boil performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men, together with a vital late Paul Scholes header at the City of Manchester Stadium, has meant the title race is firmly back to a 2-horse battle, with United now the ones neighing strongest, and boy can Chelsea hear it.

With United now only a point adrift in second place, results against Stoke (H), Liverpool (A) and Wigan (H) now look imperative for Chelsea. Fergie’s Devils have the task of overcoming Spurs at Old Trafford, Sunderland (A), before ending the season with what could be the deciding fixture against Stoke at the Theatre of Dreams. If I was to choose, I’d favour towards Chelsea’s run in, but if the inconsistent Liverpool can take 2 or even 3 points off a side they’ve struggled to dispatch in recent times, United will feel it’s their’s to lose.

Terry’s drop in form hasn’t cost his side too much in the scheme of things, but they say one moment can turn a season, and who’d bet against it being ‘that’ match? England fans should be worried with the World Cup less than 50 days away. The man, who 6 months ago was playing reasonably well, with no real alarms, and captaining Fabio Capello’s England to WC qualification, has suddenly thrust himself into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and at completely the wrong time. Doubts over Rio Ferdinand’s fitness add a touch more anxiety to the mixture and Terry now has a job on his hands to prove his worth to the National side.

Michael Dawson has had an outstanding season for Champions League-chasing Tottenham and unluckily for Terry, it’s been timed to perfection – reminiscent of his brave defending at WHL. A World Cup year is a nervous year for everyone involved in and around the National setup, and Terry will know that his place is far from certain. Clearly, he’ll be on the plane to South Africa and there’s no doubting that’s the correct decision. However, starting XI come June 12 in Rustenberg? Debatable. It could all depend on the final few games of the season, one of which Terry will miss.

Could Capello be so ruthless and brave to leave him out of his first team? Can he possibly base his decision on Chelsea’s end of season success? You’d say no, but the Italian has shown in the past he’s not afraid to make a brave decision or two, particularly against Terry. Nervous times ahead for Mr. Controversial.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2010 11:02 pm

    John Terry is an uneducated and deeply flawed man from a deeply flawed family.
    He is straight out of the Joey Barton mould and without his slightly better than average ability with a football, a “career” on the streets in and around Barking would have beckoned, no doubt interrupted by spells detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure. England captain? Never again!!

    The English Premiership 2009/10 looks like being two seperate battles between the cities of London and Manchester for the title and that hard fought over fourth place and the final Champions League spot.

    Chelsea and Manchester United both have two home games in their final three, and both have a tough looking fixture in their final trio, Chelsea at Liverpool in early May and this Saturday, a bouyant Tottenham visit Old Trafford.

    Manchester City and Tottenham meet in their final game of the season at Middle Eastlands on May the 5th, two points to the good at the moment, a draw on the night ought to be enough for Spurs.

    It kind of grieves me to say but I think London will fare better in these two giant collisions.
    Ancelotti will win the title and Harry boy will ensure the other Italian to try his luck in the world’s best league will be replaced by the middle of next month.

    Ideally, Spurs and United will do the business, we’ll see.

    The most important thing is, if England prevail this summer, it won’t be an East Londoner with absolutely no class whatsoever with the honour of lifting the World Cup trophy in mid July.

  2. maserati4200 permalink
    April 21, 2010 11:19 am

    I agree – John Terry is low-life and should never have been considered as an England captain. He’s also lost a worrying amount of pace recently and has had to drop deeper in order to cover the cracks in this part of his game. Imagine him dealing with attacks such as Brazil or Argentine – it could be carnage.

    Dawson is a good shout.

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