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John Terry congratulates Leicester City and Ranieri on title, warns that Chelsea 'will be back'

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Chelsea might have been lost in unknown territory for most of this season thanks to our horrendous Premier League campaign, but the Blues still managed to get one over long-time rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night. The 2-2 draw at the Bridge handed Leicester City their first Premier League title ever.

"Congratulations to Leicester because they have been superb this year. It still hurts us losing the league after winning it last year. We weren't here to beat Tottenham and stop them doing it, it hurts us conceding it to Leicester but we will be back next year."

The words "we" and "next year" from Terry's mouth are an interesting combination given that his contract is expiring next month, but let's not worry about that right now.

As we know, Leicester City's current manager, Claudio Ranieri was the man in charge at Stamford Bridge from 2000 to 2004, and thus holds a special place in the hearts of many Chelsea fans.  JT is no exception; not to mention, Ranieri was the man who first put a then 19-year-old Terry into the side on a regular basis, well before Mourinho came along and, in a masterstroke, made JT the Chelsea captain.

"Ranieri has been different class. To do what they have done has been unbelievable and given hope to the smaller sides. He's a great manager and a great person. All season long they have kept churning out results."

Monday night's match against Spurs had a lot of fight on and off the pitch, with the two sides combining for twelve yellow cards, including a Premier League-record nine for the visitors.  Terry's a bit more old school then most, and obviously relished this big occasion.

"Players are fighting for league titles, it's emotions. It boiled over [but] let's not get silly and start banning people, it's a London derby and the fans want to see it."

-John Terry; Source: FourFourTwo

Terry might be a bit disappointed later this week, as I'm sure that the FA will get to work regarding suspensions and fines after all the incidents.  Luckily for Tottenham, they don't have anything left to fight for this season, so any punishment they may receive won't have much of an impact.

Congratulations to Claudio Ranieri and Leicester City A real gentleman and a top manager.

A photo posted by John Terry (@johnterry.26) on

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