Saturday’s match was John Terry’s 713th appearance for Chelsea. Chances are, there won’t be too many more of them. That’s the harsh reality of time passing us all by.
But, old age also brings with it wisdom and an appreciation for things we have and are able to do. As much as we fans might cherish these final few appearances from the Captain, Leader, Legend, Terry himself might be doing the same.
He’s talked multiple times this season about being happy to watch the team evolve and do well without him, for example, so when he does get a chance to play, it’s all the more special of an occasion.
“The main thing for our team, especially for the likes of me and Cesc Fabregas who haven’t been playing regularly, is when we get the opportunity to play, we come in and keep winning and we keep that momentum.”
“We have to give the manager food for thought as well because the other boys have been superb. As a group we have been training well and they have been flying in the league. All we can do as a group is keep winning football matches and make it difficult for everyone else.”
It might be a stretch to say that Terry looked great out there against Wolves on Saturday, but other than Aké, no one in defense really acquitted himself too well for whatever reason. Most importantly, we’ve survived and have advanced into the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.
“Wolves started very well and made it difficult for us, especially in the first 20 minutes which we expected before the game. It was pretty much a wake-up call seeing the other results on the day and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy coming here, it is a tough place, but I thought we did well in the end.”
-John Terry; source: Chelsea FC
“They played very well. It is not easy when you don’t play a lot, and John and Cesc and all the players showed me they have good form and it means they are good professionals. It is great to have these type of players in my squad because I can count on them.”
-Antonio Conte; source: Chelsea FC
The draw for the next round will be on
Monday Sunday. JT will no doubt be hoping for one of the easier match-ups (say, Lincoln City or Millwall or, hopefully, Sutton United, which would be hilarious of multiple levels) to ensure that he gets to play in the quarterfinals as well.