Time spent on the training ground in the run-up to last night’s win reaped its rewards, according to John Terry.
With the game being played on Monday night, Jose Mourinho had two extra days with which to work with his squad in specific preparation for the considerable challenge that Manchester City would pose on their home turf.
Terry hailed the manager’s impact on the training pitch in the wake of our 1-0 victory at the Etihad, a win which moves us to within two points of leaders Arsenal and level with City.
‘This is where he comes into his own,’ our skipper said of Mourinho. ‘We spent a good couple of days working on their strengths and weaknesses.
‘They were long sessions for us but they were very worthwhile. It was a really important win. Man City have been phenomenal at home, scoring goals and rolling teams over. For us to come here and not only get three points for ourselves but to show other teams they can be beaten is an eye-opener for everyone.’
Terry again completed the whole game – he is yet to miss a minute of Premier League action this season – and he was pleased not just to secure three precious points but he was also delighted with the manner of our performance as fine individual displays all over the pitch contributed to an outstanding effort collectively.
‘I think they were very good in the first 15 minutes and made it difficult for us,’ he noted.
‘After that people maybe expected us to sit back and wait for the counter-attack but we didn’t. I think we showed a lot of character. We created a lot of chances in the first and second half, and overall we were very solid. We’re happy with the win.’
We have a chance to build on last night’s win with two league games in quick succession, before a return trip to the Etihad on 15 February in the FA Cup. We face Newcastle at home this Saturday before travelling to the Hawthorns to take on West Brom next Tuesday. Terry has already got his eyes set on taking six points from those two Premier League encounters.
‘After the disappointment of dropping two points at home against West Ham we have gone to Man City and bounced back. We’ve got a couple of games coming up and it’s important we kick on, win those and hope that teams around us drop points.
‘City and Arsenal have got some tough games coming up, Liverpool as well, so we must win our next two after dropping two points last week.’