|John Terry has warned Arsenal they will not win the league playing 'tippy-tappy football' and need to adapt|
John Terry warned Arsenal that they will never win the Barclays Premier League by playing ‘tippy-tappy football’. In a robust defence of Chelsea’s recent tactics, the club’s captain admitted Jose Mourinho changed the way the league leaders approached games after Christmas.
Mourinho's team were booed off the pitch by home fans following their 0-0 draw at Arsenal and left the field to chants of 'boring, boring Chelsea'.
|Terry was one of the players of the match and was rightly praised by manager Jose Mourinho after the game|
Terry said: ‘We are definitely not boring and if we do go on to win it, nobody’s going to remember the performances when perhaps it’s not been that exciting, but we've dug deep where other teams haven’t and that is why they are so far behind us. ‘Possession is great, we could see that from the Manchester United game last week. ‘Possession and tippy-tappy football’s great, but if you are not winning games you’re not going to win the league.
‘Let’s not forget the first half of the season, up until Christmas, we were the best side by far. ‘The football we played with (Cesc) Fabregas and his assists, the goal at Burnley by Andre Schurrle and goals after that. The play was different class. ‘Things then went against us and the manager being him, came up with the way to get us through games and that’s where he’s at his best.
|Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois celebrate after the goalless draw|
‘We were the best side up until Christmas for sure and we have actually beaten the teams who have made things difficult for us. 'We are grinding out results, we have got the quality in the squad, so hopefully we can get over the line because we are very close.' Terry also admitted defending was an art after Mourinho claimed his performance against Arsenal on Sunday was one of the finest of his career.
The Chelsea defender's reading of the game has always been one of his biggest strengths and he was at his best repelling Arsenal's attacks at the Emirates. He added: 'It is an art. Listen I totally respect him, he is a great manager, but from our point I am just delighted. 'I got on the end of a lot of crosses and cleared a few. You can feel when things are going well and stuff and definitely during the game I felt it was.
|Terry punches the air as the Chelsea squad celebrate yet another step towards winning the Premier League|
|The Chelsea squad celebrate at the final whistle at the Emirates following their hard-earned draw with Arsenal|
|Eden Hazard (middle) celebrates winning the PFA Player of the Year award with his Chelsea team-mates|
|Hazard and his Chelsea team-mates celebrate as the Belgian international scoops Player of the Year award|
|Hazard was played as a false No 9 during the Premier League clash with rivals Arsenal at the Emirates|
|A frustrated Olivier Giroud reacts as the Chelsea defence refuses to be broken during their London derby|
|Alexis Sanchez doing his best to beat Branislav Ivanovic to the ball as Arsenal tried to get behind Chelsea|
|Santi Cazorla is left frustrated as his side fail to break down a stubborn Chelsea defence at the Emirates|
|Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas walks off the Emirates Stadium pitch as Chelsea close in on the title|
|Terry has warned Arsene Wenger that is side will not win the title playing 'tippy-tappy football'|
'But to hear that from the likes of the manager, who stands there and assesses you day-in, day-out, is really nice. But I just have to keep on and keep going because it can go the other way. 'They are a really good side, especially going forward, so needed to be on it defensively, which we have been collectively. 'I just thought even in midfield, tracking back late on, you could see they were shattered a little bit, but everyone dug deep.'
Meanwhile, Hazard was given yet more reason to celebrate as he was awarded the PFA Player of the Year Award on Sunday night. Team-mates Terry, Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic were also rewarded with a place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.
|Wenger looks on at the Emirates as his side yet again fail to get one over on Mourinho's Chelsea|
- Daily Mail