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Chelsea legend John Terry left his boyhood club in 2017 before joining Aston Villa. Having played a season with the Villans, he has since been working as assistant manager at the club.
Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas played with Terry for three years before the legend departed the club.
Fabregas has now revealed how Terry seriously took the club’s rivalry with fellow Londoners Tottenham and urged them to defeat Spurs in his final speech with his teammates.
Fabregas wrote in his Telegraph column: “There are certain players who really feel these rivalries and will make sure they do their best to make everybody else understand.
“Before John Terry was going to play his last game for Chelsea, he made a speech in which he told the players to make sure Tottenham would never overtake Chelsea or be better than them.”
Fabregas looked back at the Battle of the Bridge against Tottenham where Chelsea came from two goals down to draw the game and end Spurs title hopes.
“Winning a derby can feel close to winning a trophy and it was like this when I won the Battle of the Bridge with Chelsea that meant that Tottenham could not win the Premier League title in 2016,” he added.
“I had been on television not long before the game and said that I did not want Tottenham to win the League, which I know upset their supporters and probably their players.
“Sometimes as players you have to be so politically correct and speak like a politician, but I was just being honest and speaking my true feelings. I did not think I went over the top because I think people know that I don’t want Spurs winning the title, ever.
“There were some accusations made against me after that game about me trying to provoke the Tottenham players, but, honestly, I was hit so many times in that game and I think they were just upset about the fact they had been winning.
“Even though we had not won the game, drawing and stopping Tottenham winning the title felt similar to a trophy and I remember I went out to celebrate after the game, like I would have if we had just won the League or a cup. It was just one of those moments you wanted to enjoy.”