John Terry has issued a rallying call to his Chelsea teammates ahead of Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United.
The Blues have to emerge victorious at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night in order to retain any hope of winning the title this year, so the game itself could prove to be a make-or-break moment in their season.
The January arrivals of Fernando Torres and David Luiz, have so far struggled to improve the club’s fortunes on the pitch, but the Chelsea captain insists that the new acquisitions have changed the team’s mentality and got everybody working hard to earn their place in the side.
"The whole squad needed a little bit of competition and we definitely have that with David Luiz and Fernando coming in," said Terry. "It's definitely got people on their toes and fighting for their place again."
Terry himself has to earn his place in the starting line-up just as much as his team mates, and with Luiz now a Chelsea player, he has to work harder than ever to get his name on the teamsheet.
"He's incredible - he can play in midfield, he can play at right-back, he can play at left-back as well, like he did for Benfica. He is very confident and assured of himself."
As a direct result of their new arrivals, the entire squad has been putting in extra hours of practice on the training ground, and Terry believes it will only be a matter of time before this renewed commitment comes to fruition.
"It's great to have them in because they are two young lads who want to win trophies and want to learn and improve themselves.
"Because they stay out and do extra work, the defenders stay out and practice their passing and the strikers their shooting. It's very good."