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Great tribute to JT and our defence...


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...from the Mail of all places:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/a ... ge_id=1779

Chelsea's defence have kept 18 Premier League clean sheets under Avram Grant. Throw in another 11 in cup competitions and United's holy trinity can start saying their prayers.

There are no guarantees they will be answered, though. When Grant puts out the cones at Chelsea's swish Surrey training ground and says: 'It's attack versus defence today, guys', even their own strikers suddenly become shrinking violets.

No one wants to face Terry and not just his team-mates. At Newcastle he was back to his best, barking instructions and berating the management when Ricardo Carvalho hobbled off with a back injury.

Two Premier League winner's medals are on display at his Cobham mansion. He wants a third, more than any other Chelsea player.

Who is in charge of this team? Sometimes it is hard to tell. 'I'm proud of my players,' purred Terry after they emerged from their Champions League semifinal with Liverpool with their place in Moscow secured. That says it all.

When Chelsea's central defensive pairing are fit, they are the envy of world football. Carles Puyol and Gabriel Milito? Powder puffs by comparison.

Ivan Cordoba and Marco Materazzi? High up the list, but still haunted by Liverpool.

Hold on, how about Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic? Both were named in the PFA team of the year — the ultimate accolade among the Premier League professionals — but they would not get in this Chelsea team. You think Terry would allow it? No chance.

This was very nearly the complete defensive performance.

Terry cleared off the line from Michael Owen, hit the crossbar with a header and frequently reminded his team that the title was on the line yesterday.

Sky gave out a great stat about Ricky. We've not lost a League game since that freak result at 3-point Lane in 2006 when Poll decided to even things up and sent off JT for no apparent reason. That's not far off two entire seasons.

Awesome stuff.

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