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Jamie Carragher Names Unheralded John Terry Traits

Jamie Carragher is a Premier League and Liverpool legend.

In his 11-year international playing career, Carragher also got to know Chelsea legend John Terry quite well as the duo often marshaled the defence for the Three Lions.

Most people remember Terry for his excellent leadership

As a player, most people remember Terry for his impressive command of Chelsea and a no-nonsense defender, a type of which is hardly seen in the game today. Terry won five Premier League titles with Chelsea as well as five FA Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League, and one Europa League.

There is no better symbol for Chelsea’s rise than Terry, together with fellow club legends Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard. He was fearless in tackles, not afraid to put injure his body, and was extremely athletic, so much so that he could pull off diving headers excellently, something that few are able to master.  With his near-excellent passing, Terry was able to command the team well, a trait he seems to have passed on successfully to Cesar Azpilicueta.

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Terry had a knack for scoring goals, a trait rare among defenders

He also had a knack for scoring goals and finished with 68 club goals in his career, something unusual for a defender. His knack for being a team player was highlighted in 2006 during a game against Reading in the Premier League when in a freak occurrence, first-choice keeper Petr Cech and substitute Carlo Cudicini were injured, forcing Terry to go into goal.

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Now Carragher has provided some further insight into Terry, which fans may not have been able to see. Carragher was rather humble, even going as far as to say imply that Terry was technically a better player than him.

“John Terry was basically a better version of me,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“He was bigger, more powerful, better quality on the ball as well. He was one who when you trained with him went up a level in your eyes. You knew he was a great player.

“Technically, he’s a lot better than he’s given credit for. People always talk about John Terry being this man who put his head and his body in front of everything — and he would — and we talk about Rio Ferdinand being the player who was great on the ball.

“But we forget that Rio was a great defender and that John Terry was great on the ball.”

 

John Terry Reveals Why He Did Not Join Manchester United as a Player

John Terry is widely regarded as being one of the greatest players ever to don the jersey of Chelsea. He spent 19 years on the roster of the Blues first team as a player and went on to win virtually everything that there was to win in English football during that time.

Not only did Terry establish himself as arguably the best English defender of the past generation but he also established himself as one of the best English leaders of the past generation, which has been proved off the pitch with his assistant coaching at Aston Villa. The West Midlands side are now 40/1 to be relegated in the football betting odds when you refer a friend with bet365, a testament to the 40-year-old’s impact at Villa Park.

“I had the option between Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United and to be fair all of them went above and beyond. The moment I walked into Chelsea, it just felt right. I know that’s going to sound really bizarre.

“Again, my dad never wanted me to sign for Chelsea. Actually, on the pitch of me signing my schoolboy form at the club, my dad refused to go on the pitch with me. I’m in the tunnel, the players are coming off the pitch and I’m waiting in the tunnel, Glenn Hoddle goes past and my dad’s going, ‘You’re not signing for this football club, we should sign for Manchester United’.

“I just knew and loved Chelsea from the moment I walked in and never looked back, I still love the club and look out for every result now. It’s great to see Lamps and Jody in there now doing their thing, excellent.”

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Terry was a West Ham player as a youth

What is surprising is that Terry was actually a West Ham player as a youth between 1991-1995 before moving to West London to join Chelsea.

In addition to all his achievements at club level, Terry also went on to make 76 appearances for England, scoring six goals between 2003-2012. He failed to help the England national team win a major trophy despite playing alongside the likes of Michael Owen, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand. To date, the England team has not won a major piece of silverware since 1966 when they won the World Cup on home soil.

Terry spent the final season of his time with Chelsea as a squad rotation player and he subsequently left the club upon the expiration of his contract during the summer of 2017. After leaving Chelsea, he surprisingly linked up with Aston Villa, who were then managed by Steve Bruce. After one season as a player for the Villains, he opted to hang up his boots and take up the assistant manager’s job to Dean Smith.

It remains to be seen what will happen to Terry in the future but he is destined to manage at the highest level at some point. It will be fitting for him to one day return to Stamford Bridge in a coaching/managerial role.

Best Three Chelsea Centre-Backs In The Modern Era

The centre-back position is one that serves as the backbone of any football team, yet one which does not get the credit that it deserves. The following are arguably the best three Chelsea centre-backs since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

John Terry

Not many will argue against the fact that John Terry was one of the greatest English defenders of the modern generation. JT is truly a Blues legend and spent 19 years on the Blues first-team roster.

Terry helped the Blues to defy the odds to win five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League. At the twilight of his career, Terry joined Aston Villa, where he is now assistant manager to Dean Smith. JT’s influence is such that those reading betting guides on how-to.bet know that although they lie 19th in the Premier League table, Villa still represent good value to avoid relegation this term.

These leadership qualities make Terry a shoo-in for a future Premier League manager, and in the eyes of the vast majority of Chelsea fans, Terry will always be “the captain, the leader and the legend”.

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Gary Cahill

Having to succeed John Terry as captain of the Blues was never going to be an easy task, but Cahill did it well. Even though Terry was officially club captain during the 2016/17 season, Cahill was the captain for the majority of the campaign as JT was a bit-part player at that stage of his career. Cahill captained the club to the Premier League during that season and helped them to win the FA Cup the following season.

Cahill arrived at the Blues from Bolton Wanderers in 2012 and he helped the club to win two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one League Cup, one Champions League as well as two Europa League titles.  Terry left the Blues last summer and linked up with Crystal Palace after he fell down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. Some will argue that his departure from the Bridge could have been better.

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Ricardo Carvalho

During his heyday, Carvalho was regarded as one of the best defenders in the world. Always reliable on the ball, he helped Chelsea to win three Premier League titles and two FA Cups before leaving the team to join Real Madrid in 2010.

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The Portuguese had spells at Monaco and the Chinese Super League before calling time on his career in 2018, and he is now the assistant manager at Marseille.