Terry: I always believed in Blues

The Blues’ players could be forgiven if retaining the championship

was the last thing on their minds just over two months ago when

they were languishing outside the top four and in danger of failing

to qualify for next season’s Champions League. They were also on

course to drop 18 points behind United when they trailed the

leaders 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on March 1. But coming back to win

that game has sparked a run of 25 points from the last 27 that saw

them slowly reel in United, whose defeat at Arsenal on Sunday blew

the title race wide open. Incredibly, Chelsea will travel to Old

Trafford on Sunday knowing victory would put them back on top of

the table with just two games remaining. Captain Terry said: “I

always believed. “Through the season, you have good spells, some

not so good spells and some bad patches as well. “There was no

doubt we’d have a bad one and it was about coming out of that as

soon as we could. “It took us a few weeks to do that but, once we

did, we’ve shown a turn of form at the right time. “All we could do

was keep winning and putting the pressure on.” England skipper

Terry admitted being “an Arsenal fan for 90 minutes” on Sunday as

United lost 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium less than 24 hours after

Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-1 to close to within three points of top

spot. The force appears with the champions judging by the assistant

refereeing blunders that gifted them their win on Saturday. Terry

claimed he had seen a photograph that “clearly” showed Frank

Lampard’s equaliser had crossed the line, despite television

pictures suggesting otherwise. Terry, who made his 500th Chelsea

appearance against Tottenham, added: “We deserved that because we

never give up and that’s the mentality of the football club. “We’ve

got that mentality on the training pitch, a great manager the

players believe in and trust. He deserves a great deal of credit.

“He took a lot of stick but he kept us going and, with the

formation, went back to what worked for us earlier in the season.

We will never give up.” Terry admitted winning the title would

match anything he had achieved in football and he warned United

that Chelsea were a stronger side now than the one they beat home

and away in the Champions League last month. “We go there really

fresh, full squad of players and full of belief,” he said. “As we

showed last year by going to Old Trafford and winning a decisive

game in the Premier League, there’s no reason why we can’t go there

and win again.” He added: “There’s no bigger spur than going to Old

Trafford and winning to put ourselves right in the frame for

bringing the Premier League trophy back to the Bridge. “At the end

of it, regardless of whether it is Man United or whoever in front

of us, it is that trophy we want. “It’s the feeling that will drive

us on.”