It was a pleased John Terry who spoke after the win over Norwich on Saturday afternoon and he believed he and his team-mates got what they deserved.
Diego Costa’s goal from Cesc Fabregas’s quick-witted free-kick decided the contest and gave the Blues a first league win in four. The captain had no doubts the striker would begin to find the net again and he also had words for Eden Hazard who helped light up Stamford Bridge with an eye-catching display. But first Terry reflected on the game overall, with the goal coming just after the hour following several good openings made.
‘The performances have been there of late, just not the results,’ he said, ‘so I am delighted to get the three points on the board and you could see the relief and the delight from the other players as well. It was a good performance and hopefully this is a step in the right direction for us.
‘It was about being patient. Our build-up play was creating a lot of chances on goal, which we have been doing of late as well, so we are pleased with that and at half-time the manager was stressing we continue and the door will open, the goal will come, and thankfully it did.’
Terry, who was not far away from scoring the opener with a Zola-esque backheel (pictured above) does not feel the pressure was building on Diego Costa unduly prior to his first goal in a month.
‘Not when strikers are getting into those positions to score goals,’ he explained.
‘Diego is a great finisher and it will always come. If he is not getting in those positions for the chances then I think it is a problem but he was there today and was unlucky with a couple in the first half, and it was a great finish from him in the second half.
‘Eden Hazard is back to his best and not only this Saturday, the last five or six games you have seen from everybody the raising in performances individually and collectively and with this result, the delight and the relief from players is there to see.
‘It is a big week now with the Champions League. We have got one win out the way with hopefully more to come.’
- Chelsea TV’s post-match interview with John Terry can be watched below.