This is a question I've been meaning to ask Chelsea fans at large for quite a while, and now that I've joined WAGNH I have the proper forum to ask it. This fanpost will be simple -- no formatting, no poll. Just a pointed question: What in God's name is so good about John Terry?
For years, I've felt like a living contradiction, struggling with an internal conflict too shameful to share with most Blues. I am quite possibly one of the only Chelsea fans around who does not like John Terry. Since I began to follow the club (which was shortly after the watershed purchase by Abramovich), it has seemed to me as though Terry's talent was largely a creation of the racist English media. Chelsea needed a "homegrown" captain to parade in front of the camera and "England's Brave John Terry" was a natural fit. But did his talent ever really match his face time? I've never really seen it.
During those early successes under Mourinho, I couldn't shake the feeling that Carvahlo was very much the superior half of their midfield partership. Now, with the CL final approaching and Terry's absence a certainty, can someone please explain to me why this loss actually matters? If Cahill and Luiz are both healthy, are we really that much worse off?