Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Seething Terry Is Lost for Words as Chelsea Slip Up Again; Normally Vocal Blues Captain Gives the Waiting Media the Silent Treatment after Storming out of Stamford Bridge Following Last Night's Draw. by Simon Johnson

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Seething Terry Is Lost for Words as Chelsea Slip Up Again; Normally Vocal Blues Captain Gives the Waiting Media the Silent Treatment after Storming out of Stamford Bridge Following Last Night's Draw. by Simon Johnson

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Byline: Simon Johnson

CHELSEA 2 APOEL NICOSIA 2 WHEN Chelsea have hit trouble before, John Terry has tried to rouse them with a passionate team talk. But after last night's woeful draw, he tried a new method -- the silent treatment.

First out of the dressing room, the Chelsea captain stormed straight across the pitch, ignoring the pleas of the waiting media for a soundbite and headed for the car park.

He had the look of a man who would scowl at anyone daring to get in his way and may have considered taking some of his frustration out on the vehicle awaiting him.

The England skipper (below) admits to being a bad loser and while Chelsea were not beaten last night, this result provided more evidence that they have lost their way.

In last night's programme notes, Terry revealed his anger at being knocked out of the Carling Cup by Blackburn a week ago and the defeat by Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday as he told his team they had to return to the high standards they set in the 3-0 demolition of Arsenal.

He wrote: "Going up to Manchester City and losing, our second defeat of the week, not only hurt, it's not what we're about. It's got to be a real wakeup call. We're still top by two points and this emphasises that the Premier League's a big, big battle.

"I've been going on about getting a winning run together and that's what we did before our last two games. We've got three home games in the next eight days [including Apoel] to start another one. "And it's got to be just the start. The first target is to win all three games. Nothing less will do."

With the team failing to meet his target at the first attempt it was no wonder he wasn't in the mood to chat, especially after seeing Nenad Mirosavljevic pounce on John Obi Mikel's sloppy pass with three minutes remaining to equalise.

More than any player in blue, he has taken great pride in Chelsea's defence not conceding at home since Jimmy Bullard scored for Hull on the opening day of the season.

Yet Cypriot minnows Apoel did it twice and with it has gone the air of invincibility Carlo Ancelotti's side spent the last four months building.

Three games without a win for most teams is the norm, for Chelsea it constitutes a mini-crisis.

While Terry was saying nothing, Joe Cole made it clear that the Blues need to find their stride again quickly.

With five games before the end of the month -- against Everton, Portsmouth, West Ham, Birmingham and Fulham -- Cole is anxious they end the year on a high. The winger said: "There are no excuses. We're sitting on top of the League now and we need to be sitting there on 1 January."

Last night's draw was all the more remarkable as it followed the win at Arsenal just 11 days ago. The impression this Chelsea team have given this term is that they are at their weakest when they start to believe in their own hype. …

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