Chelsea captain John Terry in his assessment of the champions’ poor start to the Premier League season believes the Blues’ playing staff which consists of Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel “let everybody down”
The Nigerian international who has in recent weeks under the tutelage of new boss Guus Hiddink has become one of the outstanding stars of the Post- mourinho era was sparingly used during the Portuguese’s second spell at the club.
Speaking after Sunday’s 3-0 win at Crystal Palace which was their first under interim manager Hiddink who replaced Jose Mourinho in December, Terry said;
“We are where we are, and slowly climbing the Premier League table.
“It’s unfortunate what’s happened,” Terry said, referring to Mourinho’s exit. “We feel like we’ve let everyone down.” Terry said as quoted on BBC Sports.
Terry, who has been a professional with the club since 1998, praised Dutchman Hiddink for the impact he has made on the squad since his return.
“That was the Chelsea of last year, I think,” he said of Sunday’s display. “Overall, as well as the goals, it was different class.
“Guus has come in, picked things up and we’ve had to go again.” The 35-year old defender added.
The Blues moved up to 14th but are 19 points behind leaders Arsenal.
Chelsea are unbeaten in four games since Mourinho was dismissed from Stamford Bridge for the second time in his career.
They are 13 points off Tottenham in fourth, the final Champions League qualifying place, though the Blues can also make next season’s competition by winning it this term.