Jan 25 2011 By Dan Levene
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John Terry has warned championship challengers that it's about time they started fearing Chelsea again.
Speaking after the Blues 4-0 demolition of Bolton at the Reebok Stadium last night, Terry said that too many people had been writing off Chelsea following their poor spell.
He said: "I think with us reading things: that people don't fear us any more. That was the message we were saying in the dressing room – that people can not fear us, but it's at their own peril.
"I thought at the start the lads were very up for this game having read a few things in the week."
A series of pundits this week lined-up to declare Chelsea's championship challenge over. In one piece, Alan Hansen said Carlo Ancelotti's side were on the brink of 'football armageddon'.
Terry responded with fighting talk.
"I don't think we've ever been out of (the title race)," he said. "That baffles me a little bit – to say that we've been out of it.
"Yes, we've not been in the best of form. But as we've seen, teams drop points and we'll never give up. And when we play like that I don't think anybody can write us off.
"Even a couple of years ago when Man United won (the league): they kept winning, we kept winning; then they dropped points late on and they knew we were always there.
"I think it's the same. Arsenal are playing well at the moment, Man United are obviously playing well. So fair play to these sides, but all we can do behind them is keep winning and making sure that when we do come up against them we must take the three points."