Ahead of tonight’s Champions League game against Copenhagen, John Terry has finally come out and said what the rest of us have been thinking for weeks – it’s time for them to all ‘man up’ and get a bloody grip of our season.
So far, we’ve gone out of both domestic cups, buggered up any chances of retaining the title and we’ll be struggling to even qualify for next season’s Champions League the way we’re going. At long last though, it sounds as the Chelsea captain is rallying the troops for a fight, insisting “It’s been difficult, because at times we have shown our quality. The Sunderland game I thought possibly was the turning point, going a goal down and showing the character to come back and win. If we could’ve beaten Liverpool, we could have maybe gone on a good run and sorted ourselves out a little bit. But we are where we are – we have to deal with that. We have to man up a little bit as a group of players and take responsibility.
It’s down to myself as captain, Lamps (Frank Lampard) and Didier (Drogba) – as well as the rest of the squad who have a responsibility – to look at their own form, their own characters and just make sure we stay together. We’ve always come out the other end.”
He’s right, we have always managed to sort poor runs of form out in the past but can our recent run be compared with any that have gone before? Somehow this feels different and the worry is that they just might not have it in them now. Terry doesn’t agree with that argument though, suggesting “We went through a bad spell in the Premier League last year. You get the speculation, you get the people saying the squad is past its best, we’re getting too old – and then we go on and win the double. No-one comes out and apologises for the statements they made. We’re a year older, and next year we’re going to be another year older. That doesn’t take away the quality we have. The manager has brought in two very good young players as well – we’re talking world-class players – in Fernando (Torres) and David (Luiz).”
In that case then, let’s hope they all man up and get on with it.