There comes a time when enough is enough. In the case of the John Terry/Wayne Bridge situation, that time has come. Yes, the pair may not see eye to eye ever again and yes, Terry was in the wrong. That much is clear. However, for Chelsea Football Club it is time to move on.
Other than the fact that Bridge will still have personal ill feeling towards Terry, the situation can now be wrapped up. Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy, Bridge has made himself unavailable for his country and the pair have come face to face on the pitch for the first time.
There should be no more attention on the situation as far as Chelsea are concerned. They have some trophies to win and there is no point dwelling on this anymore. It was clear that Terry had been affected by the whole scenario on Saturday and that can’t happen again.
From inside the club, there should be no more mention of it. What else can be said about it? Anything that is brought up now will just be prolonging the distractions for Terry and therefore the rest of the Chelsea squad.
Terry should look back on his performance against Burnley and use that as the way to move forward. He did his talking on the pitch with a commanding display and a late winner. Let that be the benchmark for how the Chelsea players are going to react to everything. Not Saturday.
Chelsea fans will just be hoping that the game against Manchester City acts as the end of this Terry scandal. There are now three important home games coming up – against Stoke in the FA Cup, West Ham in the Premier League and Inter Milan in the Champions League – and this should be looked upon as an opportunity to show everyone that Chelsea still mean business.
With all of this in mind, it is frustrating to see Terry react to Craig Bellamy’s thoughts about him with a “people in glass houses should not throw stones” comment. Just leave it John, let’s not make this the Terry/Bellamy scandal. As the title of this blog says, it is time for everybody to move on and to get football in the headlines again. Chelsea’s Premier League betting odds now make them joint favourites for the title with Man United, so further slip ups could hand initiative to The Red Devils.
For his part, Terry will be looking to hit form again ahead of the World Cup.
England’s World Cup odds suggest they should do well in the tournament, but they will need their back four to be fit and playing well to live up to expectations.