Chelsea are slowly getting back to their best, says captain John Terry
Chelsea captain John Terry believes the Blues have begun to rediscover their top form after beating Valencia on Tuesday
John Terry helped Chelsea seal a brilliant 3-0 win over Valencia at Stamford Bridge – and then declared that the Blues are on their way to being back to their best.
Didier Drogba was in superb form as AndrÃ© Villas-Boas’s men eased past their La Liga opponents to progress through to the Champions League last 16 as group winners.
The Ivorian opened the scoring within three minutes before Ramires doubled the Londoners’ lead midway through the first half. Drogba then capped an excellent display by netting his second of the night 15 minutes from time.
“We’re all obviously delighted,” Terry, 31, said. “We left it late in the group but we did the job and Didier was fantastic for us.
“We knew it was going to be difficult, which it was, and we needed a big man to hold it up and give us time to get up which he did.
“It was important we didn’t concede. We set out with a game plan, and obviously the early goal from Didier helped us but we still had to hold on and the second goal came.
“The manager stressed that a third goal kills them off, which it did, and it was a great third goal from Didi after a great start to get us on the way. If he’s only 80 per cent fit, there’s plenty more life in him.
“Slowly but surely we are getting to our best, we had our dip in form and hopefully that’s the end of it. Newcastle was our building block and we won again here today. We’ve got a massive game on Monday against Manchester City and we’re prepared for that.”
Meanwhile, Villas-Boas launched an attack on Chelsea’s critics following the win, claiming that there has been a “continuous persecution” of his side in the media in recent weeks.
“Finishing top is fantastic and nobody would have put a bet on us doing that,” said Villas-Boas. “It was very gratifying for the team who were excellent.
“It was a win of team spirit, solidarity, responsibility, strength of character, ability to take criticism and resilience and this is a great win for Chelsea players.
“The players deserve respect they don’t get and we have been continuously chased by different kinds of people and different kinds of pressure. Maybe today we gave everybody a slap in the face.
“There is continuous persecution of Chelsea, continuous aggressiveness for one club. We have become a target and we have to accept that but tomorrow they have to report on a brilliant win with Chelsea qualifying first.”