John Terry has warned Manchester United that Chelsea are already bent on regaining the Barclays Premier League title after all but surrendering it this season.
The champions' limp 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday saw United move six points clear with just two matches remaining and captain Terry immediately vowed to do everything possible to wrest back the championship next year.
The 30-year-old revealed he had made a point of congratulating Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson, even though it "hurt" to do so.
He told Chelsea TV: "I just wished him well. You have to be graceful in defeat and we have thoroughly enjoyed the times we have won.
"Over the years, he has popped in and said congratulations to us and he and his team are well respected across the world. But it does hurt when you do it, and it drives you on as well. You get a focus for next year and we will be aiming to take it off them."