The Chelsea captain John Terry says that he thought that Aston Villa played well in the first half of their 7-1 defeat on Saturday, but he says that, after watching Villa’s last few games, he knew they would get tired towards the end of the game.
He also believes that the new formation implemented by Carlo Ancelotti has had a lot to do with the team’s success this season: ‘The formation suits us probably a little bit better with the two widemen,’ Terry said.
‘Over the years we have had a lot of success with that. We stretch teams, especially at home, which is good because teams do come to the Bridge and sit tight.
‘Even Villa did that in the first half on Saturday. They were playing with two wide men and with Carew up the top on his own which restricted our full-backs going forward. It was always going to be difficult but we had seen Villa in recent weeks tiring in the later stages of games.
‘They pressed us well but thankfully we scored through Lamps’ penalty just before half time and the way we started both halves was key.’
‘We need to be more patient because at times we do go a bit gung-ho, especially away from home where we need to be tight and we need to get resilience back in the side.
‘When we are at home we need to go for it and we spoke after the Portsmouth game that goals could be vital at the end of the season. On Saturday after we went to 3-1 the lads were all saying let’s get a fourth, let’s get a fifth.’
Let us all hope we are in the same position next Saturday!