Football

Terry bullish about season

FIVE STARS: John Terry (left) after scoring in the 5-0 win over Wycombe. The other scorers were Patrick Bamford, Izzy Brown (two) and Branislav Ivanovic. PHOTO: ACTION IMAGES

John Terry believes Chelsea will be serious contenders on all fronts with the arrival of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Cesc Fabregas.

The 33-year-old Chelsea captain is hoping to end what could be his last season with the Blues on a high.

"I think we should be very competitive," he told Chelsea's official website. "We were close last year, but just unlucky at times. With the signings we have made and a couple of younger players who I think will surprise a few people this year.

"I think this should be a very good year. We want to win trophies - that is always the aim from the outset for me.

"I can see a lot more teams in the mix. First and foremost, though, we need to be solid, both home and away, because I think we dropped too many points against teams we shouldn't have."

Terry is especially enthusiastic about the signing of Costa from Atletico Madrid for £32 million ($68m) last Tuesday.

Brazil-born striker Costa helped Atletico to a first La Liga title in 18 years last season and guided them into the Champions League final, beating Chelsea in the semi-finals.

Terry, in his 20th season at Stamford Bridge, said: "First of all, his movement and his strength are really good - I was really surprised by it.

"He holds the ball up very well, he has got great movement and he is really physical, but he is very clever with his strength and the way he uses his body. I think he could be a very good signing for us."

Chelsea could have four players from Atletico on their roster next season.

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Besides Costa, they have also agreed terms for Brazilian left back Luis, while Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is back following his three-season loan spell and midfielder Tiago could return to Stamford Bridge.

Luis will be an able replacement for Ashley Cole, who left on a free transfer with long-time midfielder Frank Lampard.

Terry also tipped Fabregas, 27, to fill club legend Lampard's boots.

"He's a very good signing," he said about the former Barcelona and Arsenal midfielder in Chelsea's official magazine.

"He is great on the ball, a great box-to-box player, he scores an awful lot of goals as well and he has got an aggressive streak in him too - I certainly remember that from his Arsenal days.

"I'm sure he is going to fit in really well at Chelsea and do well in the years to come." - PA Sport.