Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has hailed John Terry as the defender of the season after Chelsea clinched the Premier League title on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds icon claims that Terry has been the standout performer in defence throughout the Blues’ title-winning campaign – having been handed a new lease of life under returning boss Jose Mourinho.
“He’s never had that pace – I wouldn’t say he’s better now, but his understanding of the game and reading of the game has come on,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
“Also Mourinho, for John Terry, is the perfect manager, the way he sets his teams up,” the 37-year-old continued.
“He has Azpilicueta there, who’s not the most adventurous of full-backs, he has Matic in front of him.
“He needs that sort of protection because of his lack of mobility, but he makes up for it in other areas. He’s been the best defender by a mile in this league.”
Rafael Benitez, who was interim first-team boss of the West London outfit for six months of the 2012-13 season, in quotes by the Daily Mail, said that Terry could no longer cope with playing twice in one week.
However, the former England international has certainly proved the Spaniard wrong – having started every one of Chelsea’s 35 domestic games and played every minute – in what is a stunning statistic for the 34-year-old.
Chelsea sealed their status as champions of England following a nervy 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace – in front of the Stamford Bridge faithful – but must wait until the end of the season before they can get their hands on the trophy.