John Terry hails the Chelsea Under-23's on social media following their vital win against Tottenham yesterday

John Terry has recognised the mighty effort from the Chelsea Under-23’s after they avoided relegation on Sunday by beating Tottenham Hotspur.

Terry nervously watched on with an assortment of stars connected to the club yesterday as Andy Myers’ side fought for their place in the Premier League 2.

Anything other than a triumph over Tottenham for the young Blues would end their stay in the top flight.

No pressure, right?

To add to the intensity of the fixture, Thomas Tuchel, several members of his staff and first-team squad sat in the stands to see the drama unfold.

Tuchel had more reasons to be in attendance than just to show his support for the under-23’s.

He allowed Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr to play for Myers, not only to provide extra quality but also to hand the two players much-needed minutes.

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Mason Burstow started for Chelsea as well, the striker who was signed in January but loaned instantly back to Charlton Athletic.

Elsewhere, Harvey Vale and Xavier Simons also featured, two teenagers who have trained with Tuchel’s camp throughout the campaign.

What happened between Chelsea and Tottenham?

With survival on the line, the stakes were at their very highest.

And hearts must’ve sunk when Spurs went in front just before the hour mark.

Myers reacted to this potentially huge setback by bringing on Lewis Hall and Dion Rankine.

The livelihood of a manager can often be dictated by the changes they make mid-game.

Fortunately for Chelsea’s development coach, his substitutes proved to be wonderful.

With eight minutes remaining, Rankine converted a cross from Hall, sending an almighty roar around the ground.

That cheer went up a few decibels just moments later, as Burstow’s saved shot was then put into the net by Joe Haigh.

At the final whistle, a huge sigh of relief rung around a corner of Surrey.

A wave of congratulatory messages were sent the way of the victorious group, one from Terry himself.

Staying in the league, by defeating your London rival, watched by some of the Chelsea greats; does it get much better?

Especially as Chelsea Women were crowned as the WSL champions on the same day. What an end to the week…

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.