Two of Chelsea's longest-serving players reached significant appearance milestones as Chelsea slumped to a 2-0 loss at Goodison Park in the FA Cup quarterfinals.
John Terry became just the third player in history to make 700 appearances for Chelsea when he came on for the final five minutes of Saturday's debacle, joining fellow legends Chopper Harris and Peter "The Cat" Bonetti in the exclusive club. It wasn't exactly clear what JT's purpose was just then, though at one point Chelsea had a forward line of Terry, Gary Cahill, and Loïc Rémy. That worked about as well as one would expect fielding two center backs and a vastly out-of-form center forward would work. Still, congrats to the Captain, who's had to wait over six games to finally reach this milestone after battling a recent hamstring injury.
Congratulations to John Terry on reaching an appearance milestone for Chelsea today. A remarkable achievement: Chopper 795, Cat 729, JT 700.— Rick Glanvill (@RickGlanvill) March 12, 2016
Meanwhile, John Obi Mikel, whose revitalized career has been one of the few unequivocal highlights of Guus Hiddink's interim tenure, made his 364th appearance for Chelsea, equaling post-war defender John Harris for 20th on the all-time list. A great achievement for the midfielder, especially given how many times he has been written off as finished at Chelsea over the years.
Today will be John Obi Mikel's 364th match played for Chelsea. Still just 28 years old. Unheralded. #cfc— Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) March 12, 2016
With both Terry's and Mikel's futures up in the air as Conte's revolution gets underway, the last 9 matches of this season could be the last time we see them in Chelsea Blue. Let's appreciate that while we can.