John Terry: Chelsea players must now win back the fans

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Jose Mourinho is gone, and he’s not walking back through that door anytime soon — or ever again… probably. (With this man, we never know for sure, do we?)

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Gone right alongside Mourinho, apparently, is the horrid form that saw Chelsea, the reigning Premier League champions, start the season with just 15 points from their first 16 games. A 3-1 dismantling of Sunderland on Saturday seems fair evidence of this.

That doesn’t mean, however, according to club captain John Terry, that the Blues are anywhere near out of the woods just yet — with regard to the league table, or the club’s vocal base of supporters. Pro-Mourinho (and anti-player) songs were sung throughout Saturday’s victory, which indicates the players must now win back their own fans.

Terry, speaking in his post-game interview (above video), on what comes next:

“I’m delighted to get the three points today. I thought the first half was an excellent performance from the boys. A big occasion, we needed to win, and we did that. Second half, not as good but still delighted with the three points.”

“There was a lot of pressure on us before the game, but we’ve brought that on ourselves. I said before the game, ‘We’re big enough to stand up and be counted [on]. Today we needed everyone, and everyone was superb, I thought, today.”

“Absolutely, [we have to win the fans back], and rightly so. Chelsea is such a big club. We’re not used to being here. The last 10 years, we’ve had a lot of good times. [The fans] will support us through this difficult period, and we’ll come out on top sooner or later. If we keep putting in performances like that, the fans will be happy and going home with smiles on their faces.”