Media Watch: Terry outlines Chelsea's strengths, Wright-Phillips sends message to Blues loan stars and Tuchel's system is 'perfect' for Thiago

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, there is an interview with a former Blues captain, two youngsters receive plenty of praise and a podcast talks about Chelsea's system...

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club. 

Terry backs Blues to go the distance

Former Chelsea club captain John Terry has spoken of the Blues’ strong chances of a Premier League title challenge this season and the impact of the returning Romelu Lukaku.

The Blues icon won an illustrious number of trophies in SW6, including five Premier League titles and also the Champions League, meaning he knows what a winning formula looks like. 

As quoted in a report by the Metro, Terry highlighted the key areas in which Chelsea have an advantage over other title contenders when speaking to beIN Sports.

‘Just having that threat up front, we had it at Chelsea years ago with [Didier] Drogba and [Arjen] Robben and those type of players,’ said Terry.

‘You just feel like you’re going to outscore other teams.

‘I think the strength and depth in their [Chelsea’s] squad looks to me by far the best in the league.'

Terry also praised the league leaders for coping without Romelu Lukaku, who has missed most of November's games due to an ankle injury.

‘They’ve coped really well without him [Lukaku] and they’ve got players who turn up and score goals as well. I’ve been really impressed how they’ve dealt with it.

‘Having Lukaku back in the run up to Christmas will be a big boost as well.’

Wright-Phillips urges Chelsea loanees to continue fine form 

Ex-Blues winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has praised the impact that Cobham duo Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour are having out on loan, but advises them to continue developing their game away from Thomas Tuchel's side. 

Wright-Phillips joined Chelsea from Manchester City in 2005, before a three-year stint in SW6, and was in a strong dressing room that won the Premier League title and the FA Cup.

Speaking to Metro, the 40-year-old expressed his delight at seeing Gallagher develop at Crystal Palace, whilst he believes Gilmour can make a huge impact at Norwich City this season.

‘If I was either of those two players, especially playing the way that they are both playing. I think the best bet for them personally is to stay where they are,’ he told the Metro.

‘Especially Conor, he’s loved at Crystal Palace, Patrick Vieira plays him all the time, he’s doing really well. He’s getting assists and goals.

‘Billy is playing outstanding as well. He played magnificently for Norwich on Saturday.

‘The way he plays for Scotland, he’ll fit into a lot of Premier League teams’ starting XI’s every game and possibly be the first name on the team sheet for some sides.

‘For me, while they’re playing so well and gaining all this Premier League experience and learning, I think they should just stay there and get on with it.’

Chelsea system perfect fit for Thiago 

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has received plenty of plaudits following his expert display in our 3-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday. 

The Blues never looked like conceding a goal at the King Power Stadium and Thiago has been a huge part of the defensive stability which has been a huge standout area across the Thomas Tuchel era so far.

Speaking on his podcast, Rio Ferdinand praised the Brazilian’s game and said the system in which we deploy, with three centre-backs, suits Thiago perfectly.

‘He had two athletes (Chalobah and Rudiger) alongside him who just want to be aggressive and get around people,’ said Ferdinand on his podcast, Vibe with FIVE.

‘If they manage to beat that press, they’re quick enough to get back and support Thiago Silva.

‘The system absolutely helps him as well. The security of having two centre-backs not too far away from him is beautiful.’ 

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