Terry: Arsenal style won’t win Premier League

Chelsea captain John Terry has said the style of play preferred by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger isn’t what’s required to win the Premier League title, the Guardian has reported.

The Blues and the Gunners played out a goalless draw at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Sunday, with the home fans vocally critical of the approach taken by visiting manager Jose Mourinho. Chelsea conceded possession to Arsenal, who proved unable to break down the visitors, the point meaning Chelsea need five more from their final five games of the season to seal the title.

Accusations that Chelsea are ‘boring’ were put to Terry, who rejected them out of hand and explained that it is the team’s more dogged qualities that matter when it comes to the destination of silverware, as it has helped them accrue more points than anyone else.

“We are definitely not boring and if we do go on to win it, nobody’s going to remember the performances when perhaps it’s not been that exciting,” said Terry. “We’ve dug deep and other teams haven’t, and that is why they are so far behind us.

“Possession is great. We could see that from the Manchester United game last week. Possession and tippy-tappy football’s great, but if you are not winning games you’re not going to win the league.”

Terry added that for much of the campaign Chelsea produced sparkling stuff and it is only circumstances that led to Mourinho altering the mind-set to a more safety-first attitude. “Let’s not forget the first half of the season, up until Christmas, when we were the best side by far,” said the skipper. “The football we played with [Cesc] Fabregas and his assists, the goal at Burnley [from Andre Schurrle] and others after that. The play was different class. Things then went against us and the manager, being him, came up with the way to get us through games.”

Chelsea have a 10-point lead over second-place Manchester City, last year’s champions, who are level with Arsenal but have played a game more than both London teams. Chelsea meet Leicester City in midweek, the Foxes going into the encounter on a run of four straight wins.

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