John Terry: Arsenal defeat could provide wake-up call

‘It could be a blessing in disguise. It’s going to be even tougher this year,’ says Chelsea skipper

Chelsea captain John Terry: Chelsea’s loss brings an end to their run of  13 matches unbeaten against Arsenal. Photograph:  Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

Chelsea captain John Terry: Chelsea’s loss brings an end to their run of 13 matches unbeaten against Arsenal. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

 

John Terry said that defeat to Arsenal in Sunday’s Community Shield could serve as “a wake-up call” to his side as they prepare to defend their Premier League title.

The Chelsea captain said: “It was a different atmosphere in the dressing room afterwards. We haven’t lost many at Wembley. With that in mind, it’s maybe the boost we needed and we go again for the season.

“It could be a blessing in disguise for us – a wake-up call. We have experience in the squad, we have the character. It’s going to be even tougher this year.”

The loss brought an end to Chelsea’s run of 13 matches unbeaten against Arsene Wenger’s side, but the 34-year-old defender played down the significance of his side’s run against their rivals.

“It’s disappointing because it hasn’t happened too many times since I have been at the club. Losing is just horrible in all respects.

“Forget the record, there was a trophy on the line. It hurt when you saw them walk up the stairs to lift it. When you see them walk up, no matter if it’s a friendly or a Community Shield, it’s a trophy.

“That’s the mentality I was brought up in, that’s the same as the manager on a daily basis. That’s what he wants and demands from his players as well.”

Potential positives

“It’s served a good purpose for that, but obviously we’re disappointed we didn’t win.”

Chelsea’s defeat leaves them without any wins from their four pre-season matches to date, including a 4-2 defeat to New York Red Bulls. Arsenal, in comparison, have won five out of five.

“Yet Terry’s central-defensive partner Gary Cahill was keen to play down the significance of the summer results.

Preseason is false

“Preseason is false in many ways because you’re changing the team, everyone’s getting minutes, everyone is trying to get fit and you’re training hard. You’re doing double training sessions before you play a game. We still have another week of that before we get down to business.

The Blues faced their former goalkeeper Petr Cech for the first time since his £10 million (€14 million) move to Arsenal, and Terry was unsurprised by a solid display from the Czech.

“It was typical from Pete – great as always. I think we have to get over the fact he’s left now.

“We have enough in our squad to concentrate on ourselves. We have another game on Wednesday [against Fiorentina], which will give a few other players and the late arrivals a chance to get a few more minutes.” Guardian service

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.