John Terry has vowed Chelsea will get better and better in the most open English Premier League title race the Blues captain can recall.
Terry twice lifted the Premier League trophy during Jose Mourinho’s first spell, but did so only once in the Portuguese’s absence, during Carlo Ancelotti’s double-winning campaign in 2009/10.
Now the skipper is aiming to lead the Blues to glory after a 3-1 come-from-behind defeat of Southampton took Mourinho’s men to within four points of leaders Arsenal.
Manchester City are third, two points further behind, Liverpool a point further adrift in fourth, defending champions Manchester United are eighth, nine points behind Arsenal, and Tottenham — the sixth team Mourinho believes are title rivals — are ninth, 10 points off the pace.
“The Premier League is more open than I’ve ever seen it,” Terry told Chelsea TV. “We saw that with Hull beating Liverpool. It was important (to beat Southampton) with United and Liverpool dropping points. It was a chance to push on and pull away from them.
“I’m delighted that the team are playing well, my form’s very good. I can chip in with a couple of goals. “Ideally I’d like to be sitting top of the league. I feel as though it will come and we’ll get better and better.”
Chelsea next face Sunderland, Stoke and Crystal Palace before a London derby with plenty at stake at Arsenal on December 23. Against Southampton, it was anything but straightforward as Jay Rodriguez netted after 13 seconds, capitalising on an error from Michael Essien.
Terry added: “The whole game plan completely went out of the window. A mis-kick by Mike, Pete came and went back and all of a sudden we’re 1-0 down. After that they dominated and had a couple more chances. “First half we were non-existent. Second half we showed some real character.”