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John Terry made his 716th appearance for Chelsea having been restored to the side as Antonio Conte gave a lot of second team players a chance against Watford.

The Chelsea skipper scored the first goal of the game, which was his 41st league goal for Chelsea and 67th in total, and the skipper couldn’t fight the emotions, in what could be his second to last game for Chelsea.

“I got on the scoresheet but then a minute later I let them in to score so mixed emotions,” admitted Terry afterwards. “I am delighted to get on the scoresheet but to any young kid who was watching, I say if in doubt, kick it out. A simple rule and I should have cleared it.

“With us having won the league and Watford safe, it was billed as a bit of a nothing game but there was lot of passion which everyone wants to see.

“I was delighted first and foremost to start the game and then to score and win. It is important as a group we keep the momentum going into the FA Cup final so we must come back here and win our last home game [on Sunday against Sunderland].

“I got quite emotional when I scored and I wrote in my programme notes that this is how I would have scripted it, to go out being crowned champions and to leave the football club in great hands in the manager and the owner, and with the fans we have here as well. It is going to be a really sad and emotional day for me next week but I am delighted with the experiences and the opportunities I have had.”

The Chelsea skipper also revealed that being on the bench for the first time in his career has taught him a lot of lessons that he’d use in future.

It has been a good lesson for me because all of my career I have been in the starting line-up and never really seen the other side of being on the bench, but it has certainly served me well for the future when hopefully one day I become a manager.

“Leaving me out the side was probably a tough decision for the manager but he was very honest straightaway. As a player that is all you want, honesty. You can work as hard as you want but if the team are playing well and winning you are not going to get back in, and the manager made that clear to me. I was sitting there wishing that the boys kept winning and performing well because for me I have had my time,” Terry said.

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