The Chelsea captain is frustrated to have missed out on a trophy in Sunday’s Community Shield encounter but has no concerns that it could affect the start of their season
Chelsea captain John Terry says that defeat in the Community Shield by Arsenal “hurts” but will have no bearing on the new Premier League season.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s stunning first-half strike was the difference at Wembley on Sunday as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger finally beat Jose Mourinho at the 14th time of asking.
But while Terry was frustrated to have to lost the season’s traditional curtain-raiser, he insisted that the result will not have any effect on where the Premier League title ends up in May.
“I thought we were on top, if anything. These games are always a bit slow with players finding their feet and fitness but it’s disappointing we didn’t win,” the former England skipper told the media.
“Losing is just horrible in all aspects – forgetting the record [Mourinho’s unbeaten run against Arsenal], it’s a trophy that’s gone now. It means a lot because you’ve earned the right to be here so we’re just disappointed.
“It hurts. It doesn’t matter if it’s a friendly or the Community Shield – it’s a trophy, at the end of the day.”
When asked if the defeat will have an impact on the campaign ahead, Terry replied: “I don’t think so. I think it’s one of them where [Arsenal will] probably come out and say differently. They do mean something but, win or lose, I don’t think you can say that.”
Diego Costa was absent on Sunday due to his troublesome hamstring and Terry admitted that Chelsea lacked a cutting edge without last season’s top scorer.
“He’s a top player so he’s going to be missed in all sides,” the 34-year-old added. “It was a chance for Loic [Remy] to stamp his authority in the side, and [Radamel] Falcao second half… it’s down to them boys to fight for their place. [They are] three great strikers and they’ll all be fighting.”