EXCLUSIVE: John Terry reflects on Chelsea career

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John Terry‘s future at Chelsea remains uncertain beyond this season, but the 35-year-old club captain has been expressing his feelings on all he has achieved over the past two decades with the Blues.

After recently playing in his 700th game for the club, Terry has reflected on reaching that remarkable milestone, plus his strong bond with the fans and more.

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Below is the Q&A with Terry in Chelsea’s matchday magazine.

You made your 700th Chelsea appearance last weekend, becoming only the third player in the history of the club to reach that milestone. There are a lot of games to choose from but, on reflection, which matches jump out at you as a highlight?

I look at the Bolton away game to win the league in 2005 – the nerves, the excitement, the pressure. Even though we had more games to go, I just loved the feeling of being almost there for the first time ever. I felt that again before Wigan at home in 2010, when we had to win the game to win the league. That was the most nervous I have ever been before a game. I thought we’d win, but I didn’t sleep the night before, I was really nervous, and that kind of stands out in the memory. They then had a man sent off and we went and smashed them 8-0 – what a way to do it – but the nerves and the excitement before those big, important, decisive games, was really important for me.

Do you thrive on those nerves and excitement?

Yeah, always. You look at the big finals we’ve played, and I would single those out as well, but sometimes it’s the important games during the season, or at the tail end, that you remember. Look at the Palace match towards the end of last season. We had a couple of games still to go, so we didn’t need to win that game, but the pressure and the nerves were there for everyone. The club hadn’t won it for a few years and the whole day was so emotional. When the final whistle went, I just hit the floor – it was like a relief.

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When you came off the pitch after those league clinchers was it the biggest buzz you’ve felt on returning to the dressing room?

No, Champions League, all day long. To go and win it after Moscow…that was by the far the best. It was a funny one for a lot of the lads, actually. Big Pete missed out on all the dressing room celebrations because he was getting drug tested. He was unbelievable in the game, the semi-final, and for the whole build-up, but he’s not in any of my photos of that night. He’s nowhere to be seen! It was just the emotion of the whole day and the build-up to it. We got back to the hotel and six or seven of us were in bed by midnight – we were exhausted. It drains you mentally. These are great experiences that will live with me forever.

What part have the supporters played over the course of those 700 games?

The supporters have been everything to me and always will be. When I first came into the team we had the likes of Marcel Desailly, Frank Leboeuf – big players – and the fans were so keen to see youngsters coming through. Jody Morris was established before me, then he moved on. Jon Harley had been in and out of the team, and then left the club. I have had such a good relationship with the fans from day one. They have been loyal to me, singing my name – it’s just incredible really. That obviously built with success, with performances and with what I’ve done with the club – of course it has.

But I’m telling you now, I couldn’t have done what I’ve done without them, 100 percent.

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What does it feel like to go and salute the fans after a game, from a player’s perspective?

It’s a learning curve. When you first come into the team, at 17 or 18, you feel embarrassed going over to the fans when you’ve lost. You think, “They don’t want to see me clapping here.” But you soon learn that all the fans want is appreciation, for them travelling, committing, buying the shirt, supporting the team and singing no matter what. There are a lot of Chelsea fans who have seen a lot of bad times at the football club over the years, so appreciating these unbelievable times we’ve had and we are having means everything to them and it means everything to me. Whether you win, lose or draw, they deserve our appreciation, so you go over and you thank the fans.

What’s the best thing about being captain?

When you’ve got a relationship like I’ve got with the football club and with the fans, and you’ve come through from the age of 14, there is nothing better than leading out the team to a win, to success, to titles. That feeling of walking out as captain, and knowing the fans trust you to do that, is the best. You can have bad games, as I have done within those 700 appearances, but the fans are back singing and chanting my name again the next week and that makes me feel unbelievable.

You’ve kept the armband and boots with commemorative print on them from your 700th game and plenty of other big occasions. I imagine you’ll treasure those in years to come.

Yeah, like the one when we beat Palace away in my 500th game as captain. You can’t keep them all, but it’s those special ones which mean a lot that you keep. I’m getting them signed and maybe one goes in the museum and one stays at home with me. They are special moments for me and that’s why I get the badges and the date printed on the armband and my boots. To be able to do it once was my dream as a 16-year-old, but to do it as many times as I’ve done and to have the success I’ve had at this football club, I am unbelievably proud of that.

I had to prove myself time after time, when new managers were coming in and the club had money to spend on the best players. I had to be up for the fight and say, “Okay, let’s go again”, and not just accept that level and think I’d made it. I always wanted to improve and that goes back to the supporters and them believing in me. When I finish playing, I know I can come back and look every Chelsea supporter in the eye and think, “You know what? I gave everything for you and for the football club.” And they can look me in the eye and I will know for a fact that that is exactly what they have given me as well. As a player, that’s all you can ask.

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Erling Haaland injury update: Man City star leaves Norway squad


Manchester City star Erling Haaland has left the Norway squad after suffering a groin injury.

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Haaland, 22, joined up with Norway for their EURO 2024 qualifiers but has been sent back to Manchester City for treatment.

The Norwegian striker has been in stunning form in recent weeks, scoring nine goals in his last three games in all competitions for City (including five against RB Leipzig in the Champions League and a hat trick against Burnley in the FA Cup) before the break.

He has scored 42 (yes, forty two) goals in all competitions for Man City this season.

However, Pep Guardiola and Man City now face an anxious wait as an injury to Erling Haaland is the last thing they wanted before a pivotal final few months of the season as they chase the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble.

What is the latest update?

Norway’s team doctor, Ola Sand, gave an update on Haaland’s injury.

“We hoped that this was just a familiarity that would carry over to Saturday, but after doing tests and examinations yesterday it became clear that he will not make it to the games against Spain and Georgia,” Sand said. “It is better that he receives medical follow-up at the club.”

Norway face Spain on Saturday and Georgia next Tuesday, so it seems like Haaland is in a race to be fit for Man City’s games after the international break.

Which games could he miss?

After the international break Man City are playing in the first game of the weekend as they host Liverpool on Saturday, Apr. 1 at the Etihad Stadium.

It seems like Haaland could be struggling to be fully fit for that game, and maybe even the trip to Southampton on Apr. 8, so Pep Guardiola may choose to rest him for their massive UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Bayern Munich on Apr. 11.

Given the form Haaland is in right now, it will be a blow for City if he does miss the next few games but the last thing they want is any long-term damage. Plus, it’s helpful to have the likes of World Cup winner Julian Alvarez in reserve to step in for Haaland.

Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League returned with a bang and the start to 2023 has delivered plenty of fun.

Now we are approaching the final few months of the campaign, it is so tight up and down the Premier League table.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

As we head into the final months of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest and although Manchester United briefly surged into the picture, they look more likely to cement their spot as the third best team in the Premier League.

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The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

What about the top four and European places?

Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle and for the moment have hunted down Newcastle, while Liverpool is back in the Champions League picture after their return to form and Chelsea looks like a top six finish is their ceiling. For now.

Surprising Fulham, Brentford, and Brighton are all hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns. Can one of them surprise and qualify for Europe?

Who are the candidates for relegation?

Southampton, West Ham, and Bournemouth currently occupy the relegation places but that keeps changing all the time and it is so tight at the bottom of the table.

Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Wolves, Leeds, Everton and Crystal Palace all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three as the race to stay in the Premier League intensifies. This could be the craziest relegation scrap in Premier League history.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.

Premier League table – March 19

Premier League standings

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USMNT upcoming schedule – Nations League, friendlies, Gold Cup


After reaching the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup, the USMNT have a big 2023 coming up as they aim to build off a successful showing on the world’s biggest stage.

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For the next few months CONCACAF Nations League takes center stage, while the program is very much in transition as Anthony Hudson takes temporary charge and both the GM (Brian McBride) and Sporting Director (Earnie Stewart) left in recent months.

As for now, here is the USMNT’s upcoming schedule for 2023, with plenty more games to be added based on their potential qualification for the 2023 Gold Cup on home soil.

How to watch USMNT

TV channels in English: HBO Max, TNT
TV channels en Español:
Universo, Telemundo Deportes
Streaming en Español: Peacock

USMNT upcoming schedule

* Friendly | ** CONCACAF Nations League | *** 2022 World Cup


vs. Serbia* — Jan. 25, 10 pm ET — Loss 2-1 | Recap & highlights
vs. Colombia* — Jan. 28, 7:30 pm ET — Draw 0-0 | Recap & highlights
at Grenada** — March 24, 8 pm ET — St. George’s, Grenada
vs El Salvador** — March 27, 7:30pm ET — Orlando, Florida
vs Mexico* — April 19, 10:22pm ET — Glendale, Arizona – More details 

2023 Gold Cup from June 16 to July 19 (USMNT yet to qualify)

USMNT games in 2022

vs. Morocco* — June 1 — Win 3-0
vs. Uruguay* — June 5 — Draw 0-0
vs. Grenada** — June 10 — Win 5-0
at El Salvador** — June 14 — Draw 1-1
vs Japan* — Sept. 23 (in Dusseldorf, Germany) — Loss 2-0
vs Saudi Arabia* — Sept. 27 (in Murcia, Spain) — Draw 0-0

USMNT at 2022 World Cup

Group B
vs. Wales*** — Nov. 21, 2 pm ET — Draw 1-1
vs. England*** — Nov. 25, 2 pm ET — Draw 0-0
vs. Iran*** — Nov. 29, 2 pm ET — Win 1-0

Last 16
vs. Netherlands*** — Dec. 3, 10 am ET — Loss 3-1

USMNT 2022 World Cup qualifying scores, recaps, analysis

at El Salvador — Sept. 2Draw 0-0
vs. Canada — Sept. 5 — Draw 1-1
at Honduras — Sept. 8 — Win 4-1

vs. Jamaica — Oct. 7 — Win 1-0
at Panama — Oct. 10 — Loss 0-1
vs. Costa Rica — Oct. 13 — Win 2-1

vs. Mexico — Nov. 12 — Win 2-0
at Jamaica — Nov. 16 — Draw 1-1

vs. El Salvador — Jan. 27 — Win 1-0
at Canada — Jan. 30 — Loss 0-2
vs. Honduras — Feb. 2 — Win 3-0

at Mexico — March 24 — Draw 0-0 
vs. Panama — March 27 — Win 5-1
at Costa Rica — March 30 — Loss 0-2 

Final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings

Canada — 28 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +16 – automatic qualification
Mexico — 28 points (QUALIFIED) GD +9 – automatic qualification
USMNT — 25 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +11 – automatic qualification

Costa Rica — 25 points (PLAYOFF) GD +5

Panama — 21 points (ELIMINATED)
Jamaica — 14 points (ELIMINATED)
El Salvador — 10 points (ELIMINATED)
Honduras — 4 points (ELIMINATED)

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USMNT roster for Nations League features Gio Reyna, no Tyler Adams


The USMNT will be without captain Tyler Adams when they play a pair of CONCACAF Nations League games later this month, but they will have 13 members of the 2022 World Cup squad, including Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna, as confirmed by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday.

The Yanks will also not have Timothy Weah, who suffered a scary concussion for Lille versus Toulouse on Sunday. He’s been replaced by AZ Alkmaar’s Djordje Mihailovic.

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Adams will miss the games against Gernada (March 24) and El Salvador (March 27) after suffering a hamstring injury during a recent training session with Leeds United.

Reyna’s place within the team and program had come into question in the weeks and months since the World Cup, with events and an investigation transpiring involving former/a candidate to remain USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter and Gio’s parents, Claudio and Danielle. Interim head coach Anthony Hudson explained Reyna’s inclusion as a decision to “move forward.”

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“It became a bit more complex in the months since the World Cup, but as far as we’re concerned Gio is a part of our program,” Hudson said. “He’s a good guy and a top talent, and he is evaluated like any other player. We made the roster decisions based on what gives the team the best opportunity to win these games, and we brought him in because we think he can help us do that.”

Full USMNT roster for 2022-23 CONCACAF Nations League

Goalkeepers (3): Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough), Matt Turner (Arsenal)

Defenders (8): Sergiño Dest (AC Milan/), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Tim Ream (Fulham/), Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach/), Auston Trusty (Birmingham City)

Midfielders (7): Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Leeds United), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Alan Sonora (Juárez), Djordje Mihailovic (AZ Alkmaar)

Forwards (6): Taylor Booth (Utrecht), Daryl Dike (West Bromwich Albion), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (Club America)

EDIT: Tim Weah (Lille) was originally called up, but exited due to a head injury.

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