Chelsea captain John Terry has joined manager Jose Mourinho in emphatically dismissing claims that his side are dull following their predominantly defensive display against Arsenal.
A number of home supporters subjected the champions elect to chants of "boring, boring Chelsea" during the goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium on 26 April, seemingly disbelieving that a team who have led the way at the summit of the Premier League for much of the season could be quite so lacking in attacking desire.
Mourinho was quick to dispute those accusations, however, instead suggesting that Arsenal's lengthy wait for their next top-flight title was boring and hinting that Arsene Wenger perhaps could have been more bold with his own tactics during his 13th unsuccessful attempt at overcoming a team led by the Portuguese.
Terry, who was widely praised for his excellent performance to help Chelsea avoid defeat in north London and was subsequently voted alongside the likes of Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Eden Hazard into the 2015 PFA Team of the Year, echoed his manager's sentiments and evidently believes his side have simply displayed more character and resilience than their rivals over recent months.
"We are definitely not boring and if we do go on to win it, nobody's going to remember the performances when perhaps it's not been that exciting," Terry was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
"We've dug deep and other teams haven't, and that is why they are so far behind us. Possession is great. We could see that from the Manchester United game last week. Possession and tippy-tappy football's great, but if you are not winning games you're not going to win the league."
Indeed, Arsenal themselves have long been synonymous with arguably the most aesthetically pleasing style of football in England under Wenger's management, yet have not won the league since going unbeaten during the 2003/04 'invincible' season.
They registered just one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes against Chelsea having failed to test the towering figure of Thibaut Courtois at all during the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge in October.
Chelsea are now 10 points clear of Manchester City and Arsenal and will seal the title with victory in their next two fixtures away to Leicester City and at Stamford Bridge against Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace.
Mourinho claimed in a pre-match press conference ahead of the visit to the King Power Stadium that he was unsure if Oscar would be fit to play following a nasty collision with David Ospina while he may not risk Diego Costa as the Spain international seeks to return following the latest recurrence of an old hamstring problem.
Loic Remy will definitely not feature having missed the last three weeks with a calf injury.