Chelsea captain John Terry said that watching other teams win the Premier League in the past four years was an “agony”, and this now is motivating him even more to take the title back to Stamford Bridge:
“When you haven’t won the League in five years and you are close to getting over the line, you feel the hunger.
“Not winning the League in the last four years has killed me: it burns me inside watching other teams lift it, being close but not actually getting there.”
34-year old Terry is a legend at Stamford Bridge, having made over 630 appearances for the club. In his time at the Blues, he has won three Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and a Champions League title, as well as other trophies. However, having last won the title in 2010, Terry acknowledges the pressure on the side, and himself, at this stage of the season.
“Winning trophies is the ultimate for me and that is what I want to keep on doing.
“I think the pressures of today’s game are immense and to get away from that, finish the game and go for dinner with your family is important.
“Years ago, I couldn’t go out and face people. I felt embarrassed at the thought of a Chelsea fan seeing me have a nice dinner after we’d lost and thinking it didn’t send the right message.
“Now I realise it’s important for my family and for me that I don’t shut myself away but I go out and face things. That has helped me.”