Football

Terry talks up title tilt

Chelsea captain John Terry has set his sights on winning the Premier League after his side's 3-1 victory in their season opener at Burnley yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Jose Mourinho's team recovered from Scott Arfield's 14th-minute goal to sink the newly promoted Clarets and send a warning to their title rivals.

Spain striker Diego Costa marked his debut with the equaliser and Andre Schuerrle finished off a sublime 25-pass move to put the visitors ahead before Branislav Ivanovic made it three inside the first half.

"We've made some very big signings," Terry told Sky Sports.

"Diego has come in and he was great tonight. He got on the scoresheet which is a great start for him.

"We're hoping to win the league. That's our target this year.

"This league is going to be really tough and we've seen some quality at the weekend from many teams. But, importantly, we picked up three points and we'll move on to the next."

With Chelsea top of the table after the opening round of fixtures, the 33-year-old Terry also saluted former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who joined the Blues from Barcelona in pre-season and made a sparkling debut.

"Some of the movement and play for the goals was different class and Cesc's pass was probably pick of the bunch for Schuerrle," Terry added. "It was a tough game tonight but we saw it out in the second half."

Meanwhile, former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler appeared to have hit back at Chelsea supporters mocking Steven Gerrard's famous slip last season by reminding them of a similar incident involving Terry.

During the Blues' 3-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor yesterday morning, a number of Chelsea fans chanted about Gerrard's slip.

The former England international failed to find his footing against Chelsea at Anfield last season, which allowed Demba Ba to find the back of the net and contribute to a defeat which hampered the Reds' title chances.

According to numerous reports, Fowler responded to the mocking chants by tweeting a picture of Terry slipping while taking a penalty in the 2008 Champions League against Manchester United.

He added the message: "Chelsea fans singing about liverpools stevie g again... You'd think he's the only player thats ever slipped."

The 39-year-old later deleted the tweet.

- Wire Services.


Some of the movement and play for the goals was different class and Cesc’s pass was probably pick of the bunch for Schuerrle.

— John Terry on Cesc Fabregas’ pass to Andre Schuerrle for Chelsea’s (above) second goal