JT: Criticism unfair of Blackburn, Stoke and Wolves.

John Terry has added his voice the ongoing debate about tackling in our game and has made a valid point in my eyes. He said: "What h...

Stamford Bridge, Chelsea v Stoke City, Premier League 28/08/2010  John Terry of Chelsea tangles with Rory Delap of Stoke Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

John Terry has added his voice the ongoing debate about tackling in our game and has made a valid point in my eyes. He said:
"What has been said about teams like Blackburn, Wolves and Stoke is very unfair, We can't expect to go to Ewood Park and pick up three points just because we're Chelsea Football Club. First and foremost we've got to go there and have a fight with them. We have to be prepared for a scrap."
I think anyone who went to the games at home against Wolves at the weekend and Stoke earlier in the season will know that the criticism aimed at these sides is unfair as they came to play football.

Of course in any game and dependant on the individual's on the pitch there will the be odd crunching tackle now and again but that's just because of the competitive nature of our game.

Blackburn are no different. I myself don't see the Blackburn mentality as any different. Of course there will be the physical aspect in the game and they will look to get stuck in but at the same time will look to play football.

In addition to that Terry is also bang on when he said that we can't just go to games expecting to win and get the three points. You have to beat the team you face on the pitch that is put in front of you. You have to earn your points. This has been my argument to alot of people this season.

Chelsea took stick from everyone about a so called easy start to the league but we still had to play our football and beat the teams we had to face no matter who they were. The likes of City, Arsenal, Liverpool and United have found that out already this season.

You can never expect teams to just roll over for you and if that mean's by taking the physical approach in some games without going well over the top then so be it. You play to your strength and stick to your belief's.

I think it's fair to say that Pullis, McCarthy and Allardyce have done great at their clubs in the Premier League and deserve credit for that and it's harsh for them to be labelled as they are this season.


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  1. As a Wolves fan I thank you for being the voice of reason. We have been crucified this season, just because MotD showed a montage of tackles on that nice Joey Barton! Then Bobby Zamora broke his leg following a tackle by Karl Henry. This was unfortunate - he just fell arkwardly - the tackle cleanly won the ball and the ref didn't even give a free kick. When we lost Adlene Guediorra to a broken leg a few weeks later, a victim of a crude challenge by Villa's Sidwell, MotD didn't even show the incident !! A lot of garbage has been spoken since, including that muppet Adrian Durham on the radio. I quote him "do we have to wait until a talent like Jack Wilshere has his leg broken by a Karl Henry before we do something ?". Now then, the talent that is Jack Wilshere breaks someone else's leg instead and what about Durham ? He comes out and defends Wilshere and said he shouldn't have been sent off !!! That despite Wilshere's full-frontal, studs up lunge! Unbelievable Jeff !

  2. Football is a man's game and we must expect risk in it. How boring it would be if the players are so callow and fragile and not willing to tackle or be tackled! Tackles are integral part of the game and except for few unlucky ones like Shawcross' it has been so nice to see in the game. However, De Jong's kung fu tactics and midget hunt's knee down are really dangerous and totally avoidable!

    Blackburn plays a physical game, and if we want to prove ourself champions we must match their strength. But i pray that none of our players would end up injured. 3:1 to us!




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