John Terry has made most of season on periphery at Chelsea


Terry made his first Premier League start since September 11 at Swansea, having initially lost his place due to injury before Chelsea grew from dysfunctional unit last season to champions this term.

Terry, who has captained Chelsea on a record 579 occasions, said he had never intended in trying to prevent younger talent from breaking through whilst he blocked their way.

"Otherwise he stays here".

"The FA Cup final you start to play 10 days before".

"I think there's only one other team in the league that could put out a B team as it were that would be just as good as their A team, or getting towards that, and it's Man United".

"We have seen in the last two years with Leicester and Chelsea, and also Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool when they weren't in Europe and almost won it".

As for Terry, who has now made 715 appearances for Chelsea and amassed five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and a Champions League title, Conte had nothing but praise for the Blues icon as he approaches the end of the road. This is the right finale for John.

The party atmosphere went quiet within seconds of the restart, however, when Terry failed to clear a cross in front of the Chelsea goal, heading the ball up rather than out of the danger area and giving Etienne Capoue the simplest of tasks to equalise.

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Conte said his "door is open" for Holland to stay, but the former Italy boss understands the lure of the national team.

'We are a great club and we need to compete to try to win every competition'.

There was an element of good fortune about John Terry's opening goal as Willian's corner was headed by Kurt Zouma on to Terry's back.

Yet after the Watford match Terry said retirement was one of the options he is considering.

It proved to be the appetiser for a insane 90 minutes of football as the home side threw away a 3-1 lead after Daryl Janmaat and Stefan Okaka cancelled out other efforts from Cesar Azpilicueta and Michy Batshuayi.

"At this stage of the season I like to see this type of game", Conte added.

"When you've won the league you can allow this situation".

Conte, meanwhile, feigned offence after being told that striker Diego Costa, who was an unused substitute, had visited the buffet in the media room at half-time.