John Terry believes Chelsea’s performance in their 3-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday was as good as anything they produced in their title-winning campaign.
Chelsea won the Premier League title by eight points last season but have suffered an unbelievable dip this season, going into their game at Selhurst Park only three points clear of the relegation zone.
However, Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa scored to earn Guus Hiddink his first win since returning to Stamford Bridge as interim manager in place of the sacked Jose Mourinho, lifting the Blues to within six points of the top half.
“This was the Chelsea of last year, the football was first-class and we kept the ball in tough conditions,” Terry said afterwards.
“The overall performance, as well as the goals, was different class. New year, new start.
“We have to keep winning games. We’ve had a couple of draws of late and been unlucky not to win more points, we’re delighted with three today.”
Regarding his new manager, Terry added: “Guus has been great since he’s come in. It’s unfortunate what’s happened, we feel we’ve let everyone down, but the new man’s come in like he did last time and picked everyone up.
“We are where we are, but we’re slowly climbing the league table. We’ve known as a group we had to get better, we’ve done that slowly but surely.”