David Luiz and Peter Cech are future captains of Chelsea, John Terry
Chelsea captain John Terry knows he won’t be able to regularly feature in the first-team. The former England skipper has been relegated to the bench by David Luiz, who is having an immensely successful season at Stamford Bridge.
In the wake of John Terry’s fall at Stamford Bridge, the 32-year-old center-back has nominated defender David Luiz and goalkeeper Peter Cech as potential captains for Chelsea in the near future.
David Luiz has silenced his critics with impressive performances at the heart of Chelsea’s defense as of late. The Brazil international’s remarkable form is the reason behind John Terry’s increased time on the bench.
Seeing David Luiz rise within Chelsea ranks, John terry admits more praise will be coming his way in the near future. John Terry also believes that David Luiz will soon be handed the responsibility of captain, although Chelsea’s long-time goalkeeper Peter Cech will be in contention for the armband as well.
“Naturally, big Pete (Cech) will get the armband and, hopefully, I have a few years left, but you look at David (Luiz) and he has done incredibly well this year,” John Terry told the Guardian. He has stepped into midfield and been pulled back in certain games. It must be difficult for a player to be pulled left, right and centre but he is capable of doing it.
“He has the personality of a leader. He pushes the lads. He is like that in training, demanding a lot from himself and the other players around him. It's good for the squad. When they see myself, Frank (Lampard) and Petr on a daily basis and players over the years like Didier (Drogba) training like that, they can only learn and repeat what we've done.
“With the experience we've got around the squad, the older players can obviously pass that down. We know we've all got a big part to play. It's important that as a group and a squad we stick together for what is a tough run-in.”
There might be only six games remaining in the season, but Chelsea still has to play against heavy competitors such Liverpool, Swansea City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.
John Terry understands that good results need to be recorded in order to capture a Champions League spot, which is necessary if Chelsea hopes to thrive in the transfer market this summer. Chelsea’s next game will be against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
“Liverpool have had a mixed season themselves but they always seem to up their game when we go there,” John Terry added. “Three points is a must again and so is Champions League qualification, for the club, the supporters and in terms of moving forward, with signings in the summer.”