The game only lasted 11 minutes, but John Terry had seen enough – or should be heard – enough.
He posted a picture on his Instagram story on his television showing the Champions League quarter-finals in Chelsea with Porto. The BT Sport logo can be seen in the upper right corner.
The headline read: “@SkySports, please get the Champions League.”
John Terry (left) targeted BT Sport’s coverage of the Champions League coverage in Chelsea in an Instagram post (below) on Wednesday night, possibly for the reason that Robbie Savage (right) was the co-commentator for the Game was
The former defender posted his request on Instagram while watching Chelsea play Porto
Fans responded to Terry’s Instagram post on Twitter, bringing up the old spit with Savage
It’s less likely that Terry’s unusual criticism was of Chelsea’s performance when they won the first leg 2-0, but the co-commentator summed up the action for BT.
Robbie Savage, the guy in the comments section alongside Darren Fletcher, isn’t for everyone, but Terry has a long-standing feud with the former Welsh midfielder.
It was in August 2015, as Chelsea legend Terry’s time on Stamford Bridge came to an end, when Savage criticized him in his Daily Mirror column.
The then 34-year-old Terry was sent off at halftime in Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat by Manchester City at Etihad Stadium and replaced by Kurt Zouma after a hot period.
In a newspaper column titled “John Terry faces this – this could be the beginning of the end,” Savage explained why the ex-England center-back shouldn’t fight the withering of light.
Chelsea captain Terry (right, pictured with Branislav Ivanovic) had a hard time at Manchester City when they lost 3-0 at Etihad Stadium in August 2015
Jose Mourinho took Terry off at half time and watched the second half from the bench
He wrote, “Looking in the mirror and admitting that you are no longer the strength of the old days is one of the hardest truths to face for top players.”
Savage went on to say that “age is catching up with Terry” (added “that’s no shame”), pointing out that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho put two holding midfielders on because Terry was no longer as reliable as he used to be .
Apparently added from experience, Savage added, “When you’re on your way out, your legs are the first thing you need to do. then it is mental agility and the ability to read dangerous situations instead of being pulled out of position. ‘
His brutal payoff at the end of the column read: “The special one did not earn his reputation by granting executions to great servants who have passed their expiration dates.”
After that, Terry wasn’t exactly better. He was sent off in Chelsea’s next Premier League game against West Brom and although he has played over 30 games this season, it was a tumultuous game for the Blues, who spent most of it in the bottom half, sacking Mourinho in December and finally hobbled a 10th place under interim boss Guus Hiddink.
Terry, then 34, was sent off in his next Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion
It was a tough time for Chelsea, languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table
However, in November, Terry decided at a press conference to preview a Champions League game with Savage, who was also an expert on the BBC and BT at the time.
He said he was happy to hear criticism from the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville and “take on the chin” for being “the very best I’ve come across in the game”.
Terry added, “If certain other people are speaking, maybe not. Maybe I’m not listening, maybe I’m not putting it to my chin.
“I don’t take chins criticism from players who have played at really bad levels throughout their careers, Robbie Savage is one of them.”
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“When players who haven’t had a career and have played at really bad levels throughout their careers come to people who have achieved what I achieved in the game.”
And the assembled press pack bursts into laughter when Terry adds, “Robbie Savage is one.
“He dug me up a couple of times. You take it as a footballer, as an individual. I’ll take it from the Rios, Carraghers, and Nevilles. All day. From others? No, ‘
Of course, it wasn’t difficult for Terry to take the higher position in that regard. After all, he was a player who had won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League, not to mention 78 caps in England.
Terry and Savage quarrel during a game between Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea in 2006
The two players meet again the following year in a clash between Chelsea and Blackburn
Savage used another of his newspaper columns to defend his own in-game successes.
Nonetheless, in an article that begins, “Those of you hoping for a volcanic eruption or cheaper machine gun fire may be disappointed,” Savage continues.
He says: ‘I was surprised on the eve of a Champions League tie when his manager was under a lot of pressure and Chelsea were miles off the pace in the title race for the captain to take a little pot shot in a press conference with a TV expert who had just said what most of the country was thinking.
‘Apparently I don’t have the right to venture into opinions about Terry on BT Sport, the Daily Mirror or the BBC Six-0-Six phone call because I haven’t won big trophies like the experts Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher or Gary Neville.
‘I’ve only played 346 Premier League games, managed four top division clubs and won 39 international matches. So much for playing at a really bad level.
The feud turned into an argument over in-game success – Terry won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012 (pictured), as well as a host of other awards
Savage (right) hit Terry back, pointing out that he had played for Wales 39 times in his career
‘But this is not about me. This is about Terry’s remark that he will only accept criticism from ex-players who have won trophies and medals with big clubs like Rio, Carragher and Neville.
‘John has a right to his opinion. It’s just a shame that 99 percent of the football industry – those of us who didn’t win the title or Champions League medals – aren’t qualified to express theirs. ‘
That was not all. Describing Terry’s performance as “terrible” when Chelsea lost to eventual champions Leicester the following month, Savage said they would have a better side than he left after his 55th-minute move.
Later in the season, however, Savage said he didn’t feel bitter about Terry for his comments about his career as a player.
After Chelsea’s defeat at Leicester, there was further criticism of Terry from Savage
The Chelsea skipper was sent off again at halftime when Chelsea lost the match 2-1
Terry retired from the game in 2018 after spending his final season at Aston Villa and, despite appearing on Sky’s Monday Night Football in December 2017, switched to coaching rather than expert. He is one of Dean Smith’s assistant coaches in Villa.
Savage is now a familiar face and voice in BT Sport’s coverage of the Champions League and Premier League.
And probably not to Terry’s taste, judging by the Instagram post on Wednesday night, which was later deleted.
Unfortunately, he may have to wait a little to grant his wish. BT will not show the Champions League until 2024 at the earliest after signing a £ 400m per season contract in 2019.
BT Sport announced in 2019 that they had retained the rights to the Champions League until 2024