John Terry: Why I accept criticism from Liverpool and Man United legends
Chelsea captain John Terry says he can accept criticism from players he respects, but not ex pros like Robbie Savage
John Terry says he can accept criticism from Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville, but the Chelsea captain insists he won’t pay any attention to ex-players like Robbie Savage.
The 34-year-old centre-half was criticised by the Monday Night Football panel last night for his performance in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat by bitter rivals Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Robbie Savage being one. He has dug me out a couple of times. I take it from the very best, other people no
Terry was initially omitted from the Chelsea side earlier this season after he was sent off in a 3-0 loss to Manchester City before Jose Mourinho restored his captain to his starting line-up.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of their clash against Dynamo Kyiv, Terry discussed the recent criticism that he has received in the media.
“We are where we are. I have come under criticism from players I have looked up to and take it on the chin,” Terry said.
“Rio, Gary Neville etc. When certain other people speak, maybe I don’t listen from players who have played at a really bad level, who haven’t had a career.
“Robbie Savage being one. He has dug me out a couple of times. I take it from the very best, other people no.”
Terry has made 11 appearances in all competitions this season.
Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv: Match facts
• The London club began their 14th group stage campaign with a 4-0 home win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv before going down 2-1 at Porto.
• Last year Chelsea drew 1-1 at home to Schalke 04 and then beat NK Maribor (6-0) and Sporting Clube de Portugal (3-1) at Stamford Bridge. That meant they won their group for the ninth time in their last 12 campaigns; they finished runners-up in two other years and were eliminated in the group stage only once, in 2012/13.
• In last season’s round of 16, a 2-2 home draw against Paris Saint-Germain (agg: 3-3) meant they went out on away goals.
• Oscar scored in Chelsea’s 3-2 win at home to FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2012/13 group stage.
• He had also scored in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture, a loss that helped ensure they would become the first UEFA Champions League holders to fail to get through the group stage.
• Jose Mourinho lifted the Champions League with Porto (2004) and FC Internazionale Milano (2010) and is bidding to become the first head coach to win the European Cup with three different teams.