John Terry is confident Chelsea will soon be climbing the Premier League table, after a woeful start which currently sees them in 12th position.
Many pundits expected the champions to record a successive league crown this term, due to the manner in which they triumphed last season and the quality they have at their disposal. But the Blues have already lost four games, more than they lost in the entirety of last campaign, and they trail leaders Manchester City by a staggering 10 points after nine matches.
This has led to suggestions that there is friction between the players and Jose Mourinho, the man responsible for leading the club to three league titles during two spells at the club. But Terry, who was dropped by the Portuguese coach earlier this season, fiercely disputes this, and insists he and his team-mates are on the up following their 2-0 win over Aston Villa last week.
“We are a great side and we will get there with the hunger and the ambition that is in the squad,” he told Chelsea TV. “You don’t win trophies year after year without that hunger in the belly. We are collectively together, the players, the manager and the fans and we will be all right. When the chips are down, I’d take this squad over any. I know the players very well.
“More importantly we’ve still got the best manager in the world. Everyone’s fully behind him. There are stories and this and that and everything else, but believe me everyone’s together. The fans are unbelievable, so I thank them. They’re going to be pivotal in our comeback and our climb up the table. Urging them to continue and believe in the players, I certainly do.”