The latest edition of Chelsea, available in digital and print format, sees John Terry speak about becoming the latest player to reach 600 appearances for the Blues.
For many, our 2-1 win over Liverpool at the end of last month was the best Chelsea performance of the season to date, and while the result itself – an important victory against a direct rival – enabled us to open up a four-point lead over our opponents, for one man in particular, the day proved extra significant.
Terry made his 600th appearance for the club against Brendan Rodgers’s side, ensuring he became only the fourth player in our history – along with Frank Lampard, Peter Bonetti and Ron Harris – to do so, and it was understandably a special moment for the skipper.
‘I look at ‘Chopper’ Harris and Peter Bonetti and it has always been the ambition for me to get up there with them, along with Lamps, who is the other player to have played 600 games here,’ Terry tells the latest edition of Chelsea.
‘Looking at those names, I am among legends and it is an honour just to be there. It is something I have always strived for, from when I was a kid at this club.
‘I think it comes down to maintaining a level of performance, no matter what status you have at the club. Growing up with the likes of Michael Duberry, Frank Leboeuf and Marcel Desailly definitely improved my game.
‘Not only because of the way they looked after me or the education they gave me through watching them play and training with them on a daily basis – they had the time to talk to a 17-year-old who was trying to learn his trade – but also through me wanting to stay out there after sessions and wanting to improve on what they told me.’
Terry, up to now, has started every Premier League game this season, with the 33-year-old producing a string of impressive displays.
After a difficult 2012/13 season, in which his involvement was limited due to a combination of injury and squad rotation, the skipper is back to his commanding best, and he acknowledged the part played in his resurgence by Jose Mourinho.
‘The manager was straight with me from day one,’ he says. ‘When Jose came in, after the first week he said, “For me, nothing has changed. You’re still top, you can still work and play at the top.”
‘He showed faith in me, and to get that arm around you is something everyone needs, even if you are one of the more experienced players in the team.
‘At the time the manager spoke about it, I think I needed it and, when I got that from him, it not only made me feel 10ft tall, but it made me want to work even harder for the man in charge. It makes you go to that extra level – and I would give everything for the manager.’
Jose’s wise words
In this month’s ‘Ask Jose’ feature, the manager answers questions sent in by supporters and reveals what he writes in his notebook during a game, how he prepares for a certain game and his view on playing two strikers together in attack.
Give us a Kalou
Salomon Kalou enjoyed a productive six-year spell at Stamford Bridge and ended his time at the club having scored 60 goals in a blue shirt. In this month’s ‘Chelsea Icon’ feature, the Ivorian looks back on his time in west London, picking out his favourite memories, hailing his ‘big brother’ Didier Drogba and assessing the strengths of the man who brought him to the club – Mourinho.
Damon’s one of us
Damon Albarn’s achievements as a musician need no introduction given his involvement with Blur and Gorillaz, but in this month’s magazine he talks about his time as a Chelsea fan, a period which has seen him go weak at the knees courtesy of Fernando Torres, play a crucial role in our 1997 FA Cup win against Liverpool and go beyond the call of duty at White Hart Lane.
Ladies on tour
Last month, Chelsea Ladies embarked on a trip to Japan to take part in an international invitational competition, with Emma Hayes’s side eventually beaten in the final. It was undoubtedly a productive trip, however, particularly as it provided an opportunity for our new signings to meet their team-mates, and the latest issue of Chelsea reflects on the trip with the help of defender Laura Bassett, herself a recent addition to the squad.
For all this and more, get your copy of the latest edition of Chelsea, available now from all good newsagents and the Megastore priced £3.25.
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