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John Terry is the Michael Phelps of Chelsea

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 22 medals to his name since 2004. John Terry is the most decorated Chelsea captain of all time, winning 19 individual and team trophies since taking the armband in 2004. They're both over 30 and yet still hanging on at the top level of a young man's game.

They're also best-in-class swimmers, though admittedly, Phelps' class is a bit tougher than Terry's, which consists of slowpokes Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Begović and Nemanja Matić, who's scared of the water.

After a poor twelve months that followed a season where he was once again the consensus best center back in England, it's tough to really know what to expect from John Terry. Was last season the sign of things to come? The back-slope of a career is normally gradual, but sometimes you do get a steep drop-off or two. Or is there just enough life left in those legs to make it work under Conte? JT has started all four of our friendlies so far this summer.

That includes Saturday's loss to Real Madrid at The Big House in Ann Arbor, which, despite the result, left quite an impression on the Chelsea captain.

"It was an unbelievable turnout and it was great for me to be a part of it and to be Chelsea captain on the day and lead the team out in such an atmosphere. I hope they got their money's worth as well. I think we come away in pre-season to primarily get fit and get games under our belts so by the time we go home we are ready for the season to start, but by the same token people in America are coming out and paying money to come and watch us."

"We took the atmosphere in when we arrived at the stadium, and there are times in the game where the ball goes out of play and you can have a look around, for example at the Mexican wave or with the Icelandic chant that's going around at the moment as well."

"It goes to show the hard work the club has done over the past few years, winning big competitions and getting people's attention. That's why the American fans love us, why we're loved across the world and we want to get back to winning those trophies and fighting for the big competitions."

"We were disappointed in the first half not to put out the performance we would have wanted but in the second half we came back into it and got a couple of goals, nearly finding an equaliser. We were much better in the second half, so we're disappointed to lose because we always want to win. But it's all about working hard in pre-season, and we have to remember that, we've all got more minutes and are a step closer to where we want to be when we face West Ham."

-John Terry; Source: Chelsea FC

Two weeks to go until the opening game. Even if Chelsea do sign a new center back in August, JT is set to play a pretty large role still at 35 and going into another off-season with an expiring contract. He's 26 games behind Peter Bonetti for second on the all-time appearance list. Can he do it?

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