JOHN TERRY: Lot's of fuss about nothing or a sign of things to come?
Plenty has been made of the fact that Jose Mourinho substituted John Terry at half time against M...
Plenty has been made of the fact that Jose Mourinho substituted John Terry at half time against Manchester City on Sunday with some of the opinion that it marks the beginning of the end for JT. What do you think?
I personally think that could not be further from the truth and his substitution at half time was a simple tactical switch, nothing more. To those who believe otherwise seriously need to get a grip and some real perspective!
Arguably, the best defender in the Premier League after having his best season, John Terry is far from finished at Chelsea Football Club. However, the back four needs protection and to not be left exposed as we were against City.
A Chelsea defensive unit is unthinkable without him. He is a leader, a talker and a motivator. If you take that out of the side, we are lacking and it really shows.
So why did Jose Mourinho take JT off at half time? Well, in addition to my post stating the "Five reasons why Chelsea lost the game" I would like to point out that our tactical formation was wrong from the start and this lead to our WHOLE defensive line being left isolated and exposed. It was not just JT, it was all of them.
Chelsea in the big games over recent seasons, have played with two holding midfielders that sit just in front of the two centre backs with both full backs tucked inside to fill the space in the middle of the pitch, thus forcing the opposition to move the ball wide. Those two defensive midfielders are there to negate the space and to keep players such as David Silva quiet.
Yesterday, at the Eastlands, Chelsea didn't start the game that way with Cesc Fabregas playing next to Nemanja Matic and it left the big Serbian midfielder with big problems.
Think of the early chance for Aguero and it's a shining example of where Chelsea lacked numbers in the deeper midfield position. City won the ball, turned our midfield and found themselves with so much space in front of our two centre backs that both JT and Gary Cahill were left isolated and exposed.
I don't care if you are John Terry or who people to believe the best centre back in the world is right now, if you are left vulnerable in that position facing a counter attack with numbers getting forward, you are in big, big trouble. Thank god that Asmir Begovic stood firm to deny Aguero the times he did in that first half!
It was because instances like that kept happening during that uncomfortable first half and Jose Mourinho didn't react by taking off Ramires and replacing him with Zouma or Mikel in the midfield position, that he decided to utilise Zouma's pace in behind so sacrificed JT!
Yes, there is an argument about JT's lack of pace but what he lacks in pace, he makes up for with experience and his positional sense. How many times have we found JT in the right place at the right time?
To conclude, I personally believe that his whole JT saga is something that is quite simply out of nothing. Like I have said, it was purely a tactical decision that was made and that's it.
What do you people think? Do you believe it's a lot of fuss over nothing or a sign of things to come?