Villas-Boas praise for Terry

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas praised the performance of captain John Terry after his team’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham, BBC Sport reports.

Terry started against Spurs just 24 hours after receiving a racially aggravated public order charge. The Blues defender is accused of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand and many questioned his state of mind before the Spurs game. Terry was superb for Chelsea and despite taunts from the home support, the Blues captain ensured a point with an injury-time block on the line from Emmanuel Adebayor’s shot.

Villas-Boas hinted that he was in the market for a central defender after the transfer listing of Alex and the unconvincing performances from David Luiz. Bolton defender Gary Cahill has been earmarked, but Villas-Boas insists that Terry will still be the number one choice for him.

The Chelsea boss said: “John’s level of performances have increased since the incident happened. He is a fantastic player, his talent and commitment are never in doubt. John’s condition is fantastic and we have seen great performances from him. He anticipated the situation perfectly at the end to save a goal.

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