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Chelsea FC: Why John Terry Is the Key to the Blues Winning a Trophy Next Season

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 14:  John Terry of Chelsea gestures during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second leg match between Chelsea and FC Steaua Bucuresti at Stamford Bridge on March 14, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Rachel BascomContributor IIIApril 8, 2013

While a huge question mark still hangs over the manager's position at Stamford Bridge next year, it is difficult to know exactly what sort of a Chelsea lineup we might be seeing come August. If the rumors are to be believed, Jose Mourinho could be on his way back to London.

But whether it is the Special One or not who takes charge at the Bridge, there is no doubt that the manager will be a hugely important factor in Chelsea winning a trophy next season.

However, it will still be down to the players to make the biggest difference. And the one player who might just be the key to a trophy-winning season is the captain himself, John Terry.

In a season of many disappointments, it is difficult to point the finger at any one specific weakness, but there is no question that Chelsea's defense has been inconsistent at best, and greatly missing the leadership and experience of John Terry.

Frank Lampard looks likely to be leaving Chelsea in the summer, when his contract expires. Lampard's influence will be missed greatly, and that means more than just his goals. He is one of the senior players in the squad, and his leadership has been vital for the Blues while Terry has missed so much of the season due to injury.

It is for this reason that Terry will be such an important player for the Blues next season, injury permitting. Terry is still a quality defender, and if he can stay fit, it will be his abilities combined with his leadership that gives Chelsea the edge next year. Although other players such as Juan Mata have been vital this season, it is a strong defense that could really have made all the difference this year.

No one knows exactly how many years John Terry has left with Chelsea, but if Chelsea are smart, they will make sure that it is at least one.

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