After we beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield on Sunday, captain John Terry spoke about being ‘on top‘, despite the loss.
The 34-year-old has featured in 639 games for the Blues, originally signing for them back in 1998. The controversial defender was quick to reiterate that just because the match was a pre-season friendly, it was still an important match and losing was still ‘horrible’.
However, he doesn’t believe the loss really threatens last season’s Premier League winners and thinks they’ll only grow stronger.
“There was a trophy on the line,” the defender said the 34-year-old, “It hurt when you saw them walk up the [Wembley] stairs to lift it. It means a lot because you work all season to be here. They earned the right to be here by winning the FA Cup. So did we by winning the league.
He continued, “No matter if it’s a friendly or a Community Shield – it’s a trophy at the end of the day. It’s horrible. It’s not nice. At the same time, it could be a blessing in disguise for us – a wake-up call.”
It was Wenger’s first win over Jose Mourinho and hopefully marks a turnaround in both our luck and performances against our rivals.
“We have experience in the squad – we have the character,” the defender said. “It’s going to be even tougher this year. We go again and prepare ourselves for Swansea.
“We have the Premier League to concentrate on now. We have to take the positives from it. We got another 90 minutes under our belts.”
Last season, although we didn’t have the best start to the season, we did take four points off Manchester City after beating them in the Community Shield 3-0. However, Terry doesn’t believe Chelsea will have the same issue this season.
“I don’t think [our fitness is a concern],” he answered when asked if the team had been tired. “I thought we were on top, if anything. I think these games are always a bit slow anyway – the players are still finding their feet and fitness.
“[Losing’s] horrible, whether it’s against my kids or anyone. That’s the mentality I was brought up in. That’s the same as the manager on a daily basis.”
He added, “It was a different atmosphere in the dressing room afterwards. We haven’t lost many at Wembley. It’s maybe the boost we needed and we go again for the season.”
Despite previously saying the loss was horrible and that they took the game seriously, he went on to say, “Pre-season 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 against Swansea.”
He added finally, “I thought the game was opened up by a bit of individual brilliance – [Oxlade-Chamberlain] came inside and hit it into the top corner. Apart from that, I don’t think they had too many chances.”
Although Terry was right about the Ox’s individual brilliance, he was slightly wrong on us not having many other chances. Although the Blues had more possession than us (57%) and more shorts off target (14 to our 11), we had five shots on target, while they only had two.