By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
John Terry has revealed that only two of his current team-mates would make his all-time Chelsea X1.
Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic are the only players from the Premier League champions who are selected for Terry’s best-ever Stamford Bridge team.
Terry, who has spent his entire career at Chelsea after making his debut in October 1998, has chosen the spine of the team from Jose Mourinho’s first trophy-drenched spell at the club from 2004 to 2007, when they won consecutive Premier League titles.
Petr Cech, Ricardo Carvalho, Ashley Cole, Claude Makelele, Frank Lampard, Arjen Robben and Didier Drogba, who all played at that time, are selected alongside Gianfranco Zola, Hazard, Ivanovic and Terry himself.
Asked to select his best-ever Chelsea team by Jamie Carragher in an interview with the Daily Mail, Terry said: “I’ve never done this before! I’m going to play 4-3-3. So we’ll say, Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Ash. I’m putting myself in! (long pause) Now this is where it gets hard… Lamps… Didier (Drogba)… Robben (puffs cheeks out), (Damien) Duffer was good, wasn’t he?
“But it’s got to be Hazard in that position. Then Makelele, plus Zola. It’s got to be him, hasn’t it? We’d be s*** at corners but we’d be all right otherwise!”
It demonstrates the fondness that Terry has for the group of players who ended the club’s half-century wait for a league title as they ushered in the Roman Abramovich era with a sustained spell of success.
Terry’s all-time X1 (4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry; Cole; Makelele, Lampard, Hazard; Zola, Robben, Drogba