Chelsea captain John Terry has aimed a dig at his old manager Rafael Benitez after proving to be one of the Blues’ most important performers in their Premier League title win this season.
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The Blues centre-back was in fine form again for the team this weekend as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to claim their fourth Premier League crown, and third under manager Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese coach has often brought the best out in Terry over the course of his career, and the former England international clearly felt the need to confront his old boss Benitez, who started to phase him out of the side during his brief stint in charge at the club.
The 34-year-old believes he has shown he can still play regularly even at his age, and took the opportunity to make that point when speaking after the victory this weekend that confirmed his side’s status as champions.
“One person said I couldn’t play twice in a week. He knows who he is. I’m still here, still fighting,” Terry is quoted in the Daily Mirror.
“This is what I live for. I’ve been here, I’ve been a ball-boy, I’ve been a mascot here, I’ve painted the stadium, I’ve done everything.
“It has been five years since we’ve won it and it has really hurt. Our first one was very special obviously but when you go four or five years, when you go game after game, away trips away from the family and you get nothing for it, it really hurts. We are going to enjoy today.”