Former Chelsea captain, John Terry has stressed that no club in London can be compared to Chelsea which means that Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are nowhere near the Stamford Bridge-based club.
The 41-year-old retired center-back who played for Chelsea senior team between 1998 and 2017 stressed that any game involving Chelsea and their rivals in London – Arsenal, and Tottenham should no longer be regarded as a London derby because of Chelsea’s superiority.
John Terry went on to note that during his playing days at Stamford Bridge, any game between Chelsea and Tottenham was always a guaranteed three points.
“Playing against Spurs meant a guaranteed three points”, John Terry said during a recent Instagram Question and Answer session.
“They shouldn’t be called London Derbies anymore because none of the London teams are anywhere near us.”
What are the stats of John Terry in London derbies?
John Terry spent the best part of his football career at Chelsea which means that he is one of the footballers that can give a first-hand account of what London derbies are.
The English football legend who won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three league cups, two Community Shields, one UEFA Champions League, and one Europa League for Chelsea, played a total number of 69 derbies against Arsenal and Tottenham before he retired.
In the 69 derbies against the two north London teams, John Terry played 37 times against Arsenal. In those games, Terry and his teammates beat the Gunners 15 times, recorded 11 draws, and suffered 11 defeats.
On the other hand, Terry faced Tottenham Hotspur 32 times in which he and his then teammates recorded a whopping 17 victorious over Spurs. The English defender and his teammates only suffered 6 defeats against Spurs during their era.
John Terry is currently working as a consultant for Chelsea football academy. He is training to be a full-time football manager.
How Chelsea performed in London derbies in the 2021-2022 season?
Since Roman Abramovich became the owner of Chelsea in the 2003-2004 season, Chelsea have continued to dominate the London derbies.
In the ongoing 2021-2022 season, Chelsea have been unbeatable in the London derbies. For instance, Chelsea have beaten Tottenham Hotspur home and away this season.
As for Arsenal, Chelsea have beaten the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium this season. The Stamford Bridge-based side are waiting for Arsenal to visit them later on in the season. If Chelsea win the yet-to-be-scheduled Premier League game, that would mean that the Blues completed a clean sweep of the London derbies this season.
Currently, on the Premier League table, Chelsea are topping Arsenal with eight points and they are topping Tottenham Hotspur with 11 points.
Which club is the most successful club in London?
Basically, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and Chelsea are the biggest football clubs in London. But one is bigger than the others in terms of titles won.
Based on public records, Arsenal have won a total of 48 titles including 13 First Division / Premier League titles and a record 14 FA Cup titles.
As for Tottenham Hotspur, the north London club have won a total of 26 titles including two first division titles, eight FA Cups, and two UEFA Cup (Europa League).
While Chelsea have won a total of 36 titles including 6 First Division / Premier League titles, 8 FA Cups, two UEFA Champions League, two Europa League, two UEFA Super Cup, and one FIFA Club World Cup.
Based on these facts, Arsenal are the most successful club in London in terms of the total number of titles won so far in the club’s history. But Chelsea remain the most successful club in London in terms of the number of continental titles in the club’s trophy cabinet.