The highs and lows of John Terry’s Chelsea career

The highs and lows of John Terry’s Chelsea career

Chelsea captain, John Terry joined the club at the age of 14 and he is now 35.

In the period Terry has played 696 games for the club, has won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League with the Blues.

Yen.com.gh examines the highs and lows of John Terry at Chelsea. We start with his Highs;

John Terry won his first Premier League title in the 2004-05 Premier League season. In their first season under Jose Mourinho, Chelsea  won the league 12 points clear of Arsenal in second place.

Terry helped Chelsea sank Barcelona in March 2005 at the Stamford Bridge. Name UEFA defender for the years 2005, 2008, 2009. Nursing a 2-1 aggregate deficit, Chelsea surged into a 3-0 lead before a Ronaldinho brace pegged them back. Cue a trademark 76th-minute header from Terry to spark scenes of delirium.

He is also the second player in Premier League history to play every match in a title triumph, following in the footsteps of ex-Manchester United defender Gary Pallister.

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There was little sentiment at play, as Terry helped Chelsea to 17 clean sheets and scored five times to earn a place in the Professional Footballers' Association Premier League team of the year.

The Lows

The first one I can think of is Terry’s decision to end his international career at a time he was in his best form. Terry's initial tenure as England captain came to an end in February 2010 amid allegations about his private life, only for then manager Fabio Capello to reinstate him in March 2011.

The Football Association stripped Terry of the captaincy as he awaited trial over allegations that he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a match the previous November.

Terry was cleared by Westminster Magistrates Court in July 2012 but the FA's decision to pursue disciplinary action over the incident in September that year prompted the player's international retirement.

The FA's four-day hearing resulted in Terry being banned for four Chelsea matches and receiving a £220,000 fine.

Another unforgettable Terry moment was the penalty slip-up during the 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United. With a Ronaldo miss granting Chelsea the chance to seal a storybook triumph.

The captain, Terry slipped and skewed his kick against the post. United would not err again and were European champions when Edwin van der Sar saved from Nicolas Anelka.

Champions League suspension: Although Chelsea would eventually scale the summit of European football – ending up on the winning side of a shootout against Bayern Munich in 2012 – the triumph at their opponents' Allianz Arena came without their captain on the field.

Terry received a red card during the semi-final for an off-the-ball clash with Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez. His decision to don a full playing kit and join his team-mates' celebrations after the final prompted widespread mockery.

 

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