John Terry believes the point we secured at Arsenal courtesy of a goalless draw leaves us in a strong position going into two consecutive Barclays Premier League home matches.
The Chelsea skipper and his central defensive partner Gary Cahill impressed as the Gunners struggled to create any real clear-cut chances on a rain-sodden night in north London, and while we went into the game in search of a win that would have taken us above Arsene Wenger’s side, it was imperative not to be beaten.
‘We came into the game with an aim not to lose,’ he said. ‘Obviously in the first 80 minutes we wanted to win the game but in the last 10 minutes you could see we tightened up and settled for the draw.
‘We came to win, it’s their home game and it’s down to them to bring it to us. With five minutes to go you have to reorganise and say it’s not a bad point away from home.
‘The manager said there would be 10 to 15-minute spells in the game when they do hurt you, it’s then you have to get together, re-organise and stay solid, which I thought we did.’
The result leaves us in fourth position, just a point behind third-placed Manchester City and two behind Arsenal and Liverpool, who we play on Sunday.
The unpredictable nature of this season’s Premier League means any side capable of putting a positive sequence of results together can flourish, and Terry is confident we can do just that over the coming weeks.
‘It’s wide open, it’s probably great for the neutral but not so great for the fans,’ he explained. ‘The lower sides are putting on a show and they’ve upped their game. They’ve seen Man United, Man City and ourselves run away with the league before but that’s not the case this season, it’s down to one team to put a run of five or 10 games together and pull away.
‘We’re quietly happy with where we are, we’re among the pack of four or five teams going into Christmas and in the New Year we hope to put a good run together.’
– A clip of John Terry talking to Chelsea TV after the game can be viewed above with the full interview available now via the channel’s online access.