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Photo: official Chelsea website

Photo: official Chelsea website

John Terry was at the club at the same time as Gianfranco Zola. While he was still a young defender learning his trade, Zola was at the latter part of his career.

John Terry told the official Chelsea website just how hard it was to train against the Italian, and it helped him become a better defender.

He said: “Training against him was a nightmare because he had everything,’ says the Chelsea captain. “He could drop off and play in that little hole where he would twist and turn on the ball, but he was also very quick and he worked hard on his explosiveness.

“His ability on the ball was just natural, he was one of the best players I’ve ever seen. As a centre-half you didn’t know whether to get tight against him because if you did, he’d be able to spin and go in behind, and he also had the acceleration to pull away.” He told the official Chelsea website.

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