Miazga reveals Terry influence

Chelsea defender Matt Miazga has revealed he is taking every opportunity possible to learn from veteran John Terry.

Chelsea: Miazga reveals Terry influenceChelsea: Miazga reveals Terry influence

Miazga agreed to join the Blues in January from New York Red Bulls for a reported £3.5million and he was handed his debut in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa.

The USA international partnered Branislav Ivanovic in the heart of defence as Terry missed out with an Achilles injury, while Gary Cahill was sidelined with an injury suffered over the international break.

The 20-year-old admitted he has been learning off Terry since arriving in west London and insists the former England international is always happy to help.

Miazga said: “The most important thing I’ve learned is the professionalism they have on and off the pitch. How they conduct themselves, how they make sure their bodies are always ready.

“I’ve seen John always training in the gym, keeping his body fit. The way he takes care of his body as an older player – you’ve just got to develop those habits.

“Also on the pitch, the positioning they have. John’s played over 700 games and you can see the little things he does, positioning his body to deal with crosses and reading plays. If I ever have questions I ask and he’s always willing to answer, so it’s been good.

“He’s regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the world, so if you have this guy as a team-mate you’ve got to try and learn from him. Be your own player but pick up things that he does. Our other centre-backs as well – Gary, Branislav, Kurt [Zouma] – I try to pick up on little things that they do well.”

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