John Terry: Why Chelsea were happy to see Wayne Rooney in midfield
Chelsea captain John Terry explains why he was happy to see Wayne Rooney play in a midfield role
John Terry has revealed that he was relieved to see Wayne Rooney start in a midfield role after Chelsea eased to a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
The United skipper was asked to play a deeper role in the absence of injured Michael Carrick and Daley Blind on Saturday evening despite his prolific form in recent weeks in an orthodox centre-forward role.
Rooney struggled to have a telling impact on the game as Louis van Gaal deployed out-of-form Radamel Falcao up front with Marouane Fellaini playing in a number ten role behind the Colombian.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Eden Hazard scored a first-half winner against the Red Devils, Terry admitted that he was pleased that his afternoon was made slightly easier thanks to Van Gaal’s tactical manoeuvre.
“We were delighted to see Wayne Rooney in midfield. A phenomenal player and such a threat in that role behind the striker,” Terry said.
Rooney had scored five goals and made one assist in the previous seven Premier League games before their trip to west London.