When Chelsea captain John Terry earned the man of the match award against Manchester United in the goalless draw at Old Trafford on Monday night, people questioned the decision.
This was due to the performance delivered by Wayne Rooney, which particularly caught the idea of the media as he is currently unsettled.
But despite Rooney’s great showing on the day against the club that have twice attempted to buy him this summer, John Terry was good value for the award.
The thing the ex-England skipper can be hugely credited for on this night is completely marking Robin van Persie out of the game.
The Dutch striker was barely seen all night and was only restricted to a couple of shots throughout. Every cross that came in for the 30-year-old was cleared away by Chelsea’s number 26 and every time Van Persie got the ball, John Terry matched him like for like.
To have this defensive performance against the best striker in the Premier League is something very special and shows what ability Terry still has. He showed his critics he is still one of the best defenders in the division and led by example with the armband on.
It wasn’t only the marking of RVP that made Terry stand out in this high profile match; it was his leadership and composure.
He would at times show the crowd his passing ability, often seen lofting beautiful left foot passes, a feature in his game he does not get enough credit for.
When interim manager Rafael Benitez was in the hot seat at Stamford Bridge last season, John Terry spent most of the season on the bench and never played three league games in a row at all.
But since manager Jose Mourinho returned to the Bridge, Terry has earned his place in the first team as a regular and has already started Chelsea’s opening three league games and has played very well there.
He is expected to lead his team out against European Champions Bayern Munich in the Super Cup clash on Friday night and with every performance he plays this season, he seems to be showing his true form suggesting he will play a big part for the Blues this season.
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