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Why John Terry stepped in as a Goalkeeper for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in a League Match

Chelsea Legendary Captain John Terry is often regarded as a Captain, Leader and Legend among some sections of Chelsea Fans. There has been a lot of Chelsea Matches when John Terry was still a Chelsea Player that Fans will fly huge a banner with the inscription: "John Terry. A Captain, Leader and Legend."

Although, most of Chelsea's greatest Players emerged during the era of Roman Abramovich, the club has had quite a few Players that could be called legends due to their massive contributions to the club.

Carlo Cudicini and Petr Cech are Chelsea Legendary Goalkeepers, though Petr Cech's Legendary status goes beyond the four walls of Chelsea. The Czech National is arguably the best Goalkeeper in the English premier league and one the best in the World.

Frank Lampard is Chelsea's all-time highest Goalscorer, so that makes him a club Legend. He's also the highest Goalscoring Midfielder in the history of the English premier league. There's also Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack, Ashley Cole, among others. All these Players made positive impacts and won numerous silverware during their times at Chelsea but none of them was as great as John Terry.

John Terry doesn't have the number of goals that Frank Lampard or Didier Drogba had, but he did contributed his quota to Chelsea offense. He's the highest Goalscoring Defender both in Chelsea and the English premier league, and he's not even a Fullback, John Terry was a Centre back.

Apart from being raised and nurtured by Chelsea academy, John Terry witnessed all the greatness of Chelsea Football club. His great commitment to the club and his sacrifice to step up during trying moments and moments of despair at Chelsea is among the reasons why the England international is a cult hero among Chelsea Fans.

One of those trying moments that John Terry stepped up as a true leader and a beacon of hope for the rest of his teammates was during a league game against Reading in 2006. John Terry had to stepped into an unfamiliar region in a moment when Chelsea seems to be falling apart.

Remember that Petr Cech wore a protective headgear during his career that made him looked like he was playing rugby instead of Football Player, he wasn't always wearing it. When he first came to Chelsea, he doesn't have it then until he suffered a head Injury.

Petr Cech started between the sticks for Chelsea against Reading in 2006 during Chelsea's 8th League game of the 2006/07 Campaign. 5 minutes into the game, Stephen Hunt collided into Petr Cech. Hunt's right knee hit Cech's head and he had to be rushed to the hospital. It was the aftermath of the collision that left Petr Cech with a career-long head protective gear.

After Cech was removed from the game, Carlo Cudicini came in as his replacement but he also left the pitch on a stretcher during the second half after nasty bump with an opposition Player.

Jose Mourinho had already made all his substitutions in the game so there was no way a Goalkeeper was going to come in. The Blues were also downed to 9 Players prior to Cudicini's injury as Mikel Obi had been shown a Red Card.

9 Players on the pitch and no Goalkeeper was quite sticky situation as Jose Mourinho even had no idea what to do about it. In the middle of all the chaos, John Terry stepped to the touchline, changed his Jersey and put on a glove. He returned to Chelsea's goalpost as the Goalkeeper for the remaining minutes.

Chelsea were able to defend their lead in the game and beat Reading 1-0. It was one of the Match that stayed with Chelsea Fans because of how the encounter unfolded. Two Injured Goalkeepers, one Red Card, 9 Players on the pitch including the Goalkeeper and Chelsea still won, thanks to John Terry's bold leadership.

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