John Terry believes Chelsea’s first Premier League title win in five years is just the start of a new era of trophy gathering at Stamford Bridge.
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Blues captain Terry will on May 24 lift the Premier League trophy for a fourth time and first since 2009/10 after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace gave Jose Mourinho’s men an unassailable lead with three games to spare.
Terry has been an integral member of Chelsea’s squad for more than a decade and has played every minute of all 35 of the Premier League matches this season.
The 34-year-old, who has already signed a new contract until the end of next season, is optimistic the current squad can replicate the achievements of Mourinho’s first squad, which won the 2004/05 league title in emphatic fashion.
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“This is the start of a new group, a new era and for sure this current group are going to go on to win many more trophies for the club,” Terry said. “This is a tough trophy to win. It’s been five years since we won it. It will take a few days to sink in.
“It’s been a long time. We’ve been great this season, fully deserve it. Absolutely delighted to get it.”
Terry has 14 major trophies with Chelsea. He added: “Still going, hopefully there’s many more to come as well. With the squad we’ve got, who knows? We’ve showed great strength and character this year to come and do it.”
“You don’t get many one-club players nowadays, but I definitely want to stay at Chelsea for the rest of my career.” — John Terry (2001)
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He reserved special praise for the tactical nous of Mourinho, who now has three Premier League titles after switching to a more pragmatic approach as the title drew near.
“He’s been brilliant,” Terry said. “He deserves a lot more respect as well.
“We’ve been top since day one. It’s a big feat to do that. We’ve done it right from the start.
“He deserves an awful lot of credit and his team around him. Teams come here and make it difficult, sit behind the ball.
“He finds a way to break them down. That’s why he’s the best. We love working with him.”
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Didier Drogba is another survivor from the Mourinho side which won Chelsea’s first championship in 50 years a decade ago.
And he added: “I told you when I signed here I come here because I want to win the league again.
“The last time we won (in 2010) I was here. I was very happy. It’s a special day again.”
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