John Terry has reiterated to his Chelsea team-mates they need to show their true character to make the Premier League title theirs this season.
Terry is more than convinced that the win against Hull on Sunday was a pivotal point in Chelsea's season. With Chelsea commanding things from the off and taking an early 2-0 lead, the KC Stadium spectators must have thought a Blues rout was on the cards.
But Hull fought back gallantly to pull it back to 2-2 quickly but it was Chelsea who managed to take all three points and keep Manchester City ruing their loss to Burnley a week previous.
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Chelsea themselves have struggled recently and the win against Hull was surprisingly only their third in seven games. Things were not helped with the dramatic and exit from the Champions League at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.
They may be a little worried by the revival of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger's side will almost certainly have left it too late, given the vast experience Chelsea have of clinching victory when it really matters.
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Alongside Terry, are the likes of Petr Cech, Didier Drogba, Branislav Ivanovic and John Obi Mikel - all of them having Premier League medals to their name. On top of these title winners are also Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill who have vast Premier League experience which can prove vital in these situations.
Terry told the Daily Telegraph how the blend between experience and youth will help Chelsea prevail come the end of the season.
“Showing the character is what we have been about for years and this season too. I'm delighted for us to come back and win [against Hull],” he said.
“When you set the standard so high as we have done from the word go, then start dropping points at home and go out of the Champions League, once again it comes back down to character.
“It's immense in the dressing room, there is an awful lot of experience in there. It will serve the younger lads well too."
Long way to go
He added: “There is still an awful long way to go. We have Stoke at home and QPR away next, which is always a tough one for us.
"Hopefully everyone will come back fit after the international break and go again.”
Like Terry stated, they needed that win to avoid thinking about the dropped points over the international break. With Manchester United and Arsenal closing the gap on Manchester City, Chelsea know they are in the driving seat.
And, as the old saying goes, it is theirs to lose.
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