Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Terry Will Use Hurt to Fire Up Charge for Title

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Terry Will Use Hurt to Fire Up Charge for Title

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

[bar] OHN TERRY said today the agony of seeing Manchester United lift the Premier League trophy last season is driving him on to win it back for Chelsea this term. Chelsea finished nine points behind Sir Alex Ferguson's side in May, which resulted in Carlo Ancelotti being fired and Andre Villas-Boas being named as the new manager at Stamford Bridge.

Terry feels Villas-Boas has already made a massive impact at the club and they will go into the first match of the campaign at Stoke on Sunday after seven successive friendly wins.

Chelsea have not spent massively in the transfer market this summer, while United have added David de Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones to their ranks.

But Terry is confident Chelsea will bridge the gap to United and emerge victorious come May.

At the official launch of the Premier League season at the Landmark Hotel in London today, he said: "We all see their quality and hunger they and their manager have. It drives me on and seeing them lift the trophy still hurts to this day. I want to get my hands back on it.

"We can catch Manchester United.

They have been the benchmark for 20 years. We pushed them to the end last season but missed out.

"The new manager has been great. When Andre came in he expressed the importance of winning. We only won one game last pre-season. Andre has brought in new and fresh ideas that will hopefully take us through to the end of the season. He's got an emphasis and demeanour about him. A lot of the lads knew him from when he worked here as a scout with Jose [Mourinho] but he's gone away and done his own thing and we give him a lot of respect."

But while Terry is upbeat at Chelsea's chances of lifting a fourth League title in seven years, he admits it will be tougher than ever to come out on top due to the spending power this summer of rivals such as Manchester City and Liverpool. …

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