Chelsea, with EPL title assured, beat Watford


The centre-back hinted last night after the 4-3 win over Watford he could retire from the game altogether.

The party atmosphere went quiet within seconds of the restart, however, when Terry failed to clear a cross in front of the Chelsea goal, heading the ball up rather than out of the danger area and giving Etienne Capoue the simplest of tasks to equalise.

Two minutes later Terry gifted Watford a goal scored by Etienne Capoue, while he was also culpable in Stefano Okaka's strike which made it 3-3 before Cesc Fabregas' 88th-minute victor.

Terry made his first Premier League start since September 11 at Swansea, having initially lost his place due to injury before Chelsea grew from dysfunctional unit last season to champions this term.

The Belgium worldwide arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2016 on the back of a 23-goal season at Marseille and with a £33 million price tag to justify.

"I think he will play on", he said on Sky Sports. "I'm looking forward to this moment".

Terry has spent much of the season on the substitutes' bench as Italian coach Antonio Conte opted for a three-man defensive system that required more speed than the veteran has.

"When you arrive at this moment and your heart, your head and your body tell you continue to play, because you want to play, it's right".

The Blues will be presented with the trophy after Sunday's final home game of the season against relegated Sunderland.

Conte told Chelsea TV: "We could become the first team to reach this target".

Cesar Azpilicueta said Chelsea had been prepared for a tough challenge from Watford. The manager has shown great confidence in me.

Terry, who has played more than 700 time for Chelsea - the club he joined as a 14-year-old schoolboy - said adjusting to a bit-part role this season had been hard, but credited manager Antonio Conte with helping to ease the transition.

"When I say that to people, they don't really understand it".