Chelsea will reach a big moment in their history when they arrive at Wembley today not just because of the opportunity to complete a ‘Double’ but because it marks the first game in a new era without captain John Terry, the man behind so much of their modern success. So, the big question is who will step up to replace him?
Diego Costa’s 12th goal of the season took Chelsea to their ninth successive league victory and back to the top of the Premier League – three points clear of Arsenal – but just imagine where they would be if they could do first halves.
As Jose Mourinho eased himself into the dugout at Old Trafford, acknowledging his opposite number as he did so, he briefly and pointedly caught the eye of Chelsea’s captain as the defender walked past; it was a look of mutual respect, of shared history, of shared memories.
Rio Ferdinand finds it “impossible to forgive” John Terry over his handling of the racism row involving his brother Anton but would still have been prepared to play alongside Terry for England if he had been given the chance.
Two of the Premier League’s title hopefuls flexed their transfer muscles yesterday as Diego Costa completed his £32 million move from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea while Liverpool signed Lazar Markovic from Benfica for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £20m.