Captain John Terry has told reporters of his delight at making his return to action in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Everton, and insists he is feeling no side effects of the nerve problem which at one stage looked set to rule him out until March.
“It’s great to be back playing. I feel really good,” said Terry, according to Sky Sports. He added: “It’s a big test for us because we’re not in the best position in the league – it’s not in our hands any more.
“But we still have to play the big sides and that could be make or break. It’s an important time at Chelsea now and we need our big players fit and performing. Hopefully Frank Lampard will be back soon as well and we can start to push on.”
Cech: Consistency key.
Blues keeper Petr Cech has admitted that the champions’ campaign was always liable to fall apart due to a lack of consistent performances, according to a report on ESPN.
Having struggled in recent weeks and relinquishing top spot to Arsenal this past weekend, Carlo Ancelotti’s men now find themselves two points adrift with a tough set of fixtures approaching.
Cech said: “We have periods of play where we are not there & and it has been like that more or less all season,” he said. “Even when we won 6-0 at Wigan, the first half was poor.
“In the second half [against Everton] we started in control with everything going well but suddenly they had a few counter-attacks, a few long balls and crosses and everything changed. The problem is we didn’t do enough to stop the crosses. It seemed that every time we got the ball in the second half we made the wrong choice.”
Anelka blasts “racist” French.
Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has blasted French football by branding his fellow countrymen “small-minded racists,” according to The Daily Star.
The nomadic striker was sent home from the World Cup this summer following a row with management, and was promptly handed an 18-match ban by the French FA.
He said: “People said there was a clan of black players in the French squad at the World Cup and we then saw the true face of France. When times get tough we find out what people really think.
“When the France team fails to win people start talking straight away about the players’ skin colours and religious beliefs. I have never wanted to sing the national anthem when I’ve been in the France team. Had they insisted on it I’d have refused and quit playing for them.”