Skipper gives fellow players wake up call
John Terry has launched a scathing attack on his Chelsea team-mates for not fighting hard enough in their defeat to Wigan.
The previously unbeaten Blues were stunned by Roberto Martinez’s side at the weekend after slumping to a surprise 3-1 loss.
The victory was Wigan‘s first against one of the Premier League’s ‘big four’ in a whopping 35 attempts by The Latics.
Chelsea had made an impressive start to the new season under new manager Carlo Ancelotti, but were below-par at the DW Stadium.
Terry is unhappy the team did not do the basics and dropped three points while their rivals all picked up weekend wins.
“The least we expect from every player is that we work hard and fight – and we did not do that,” he said in The Sun.
“We didn’t win our headers and we didn’t win our tackles – and that’s simply not good enough.
“You can go anywhere and not play well. But when you come to places like this, you’ve got to match their work-rate.
“We didn’t do that, the whole team. That’s the most disappointing thing.
“All the other big sides had emphatic wins, so it’s even more disappointing we’ve thrown away three points.” (Sky Sports)
I think this kind of inward attack by the Chelsea skipper could be just the trick to get minds back on the job. After six straight wins perhaps Carlo Ancelotti’s men believed they were unstoppable and complacency got the better of them and a leader such as John Terry knows the importance of turning up to games mentally prepared to battle for their lives.
Wigan played well but the west London side should never have allowed Roberto Martinez’s side the time and space they had and their defence were strangely subdued and unable to effectively deal with the Latics front men. Yes its true that Petr Cech was the victim of a bad refereeing decision but that wasn’t necessarily the only reason the club fell to such a surprising defeat.
I fully expect the Blues to regroup and return a stronger side following this defeat, in the same way both Liverpool and Man United have bounced back from their early seasons losses.