Chelsea’s stunning return to form in the Champions League was punctuated by a low note in the 72 minute with the injury of John Terry.
Jose Mourinho said field conditions were to blame in his post-game press conference,
“The surface was bad and dangerous,” Mourinho said. “John has an ankle problem that we don’t know yet the dimension of.”
“For John to leave the pitch with the result 1-0 I know already that he is in trouble.”
Mourinho and Terry have had a close relationship, part of what many feel is the strong foundational connection of the manager to his team. The veteran has stood beside Mourinho despite the thrashings of the 2015 campaign.
But Terry’s injury is likely to keep him out of Chelsea’s vital match-up against the Tottenham Hotspurs. If the Blues don’t start to turn around their Premier league play they may face regulation only a year after winning the League title.
Insert Kurt Zouma:
Zouma took Terry’s role at the center, and did more than held the line. The 21 year old center back used his size and strength to capitalize on a beautiful attempt at a header and notch a goal.
The question that needs to be asked is, with Zouma finding his form, and the extent of Terry’s injury unknown, is it possible that Terry’s entering his Swan Song?
The defender has already railed against criticism of his aging and level of play. The fact is that Terry has yet to net in 2015 and he turns 35 in December.
If his injury proves serious, is it possible the Chelsea defender walks away, or takes on more of a limited figurehead role a la Pirlo at Juventus?