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John Terry vows Chelsea's 'horrible' Premier League season will improve

John Terry of Chelsea and Pedro of Chelsea applaud the fans after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on December 28, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

John Terry hopes Chelsea fans can see the Premier League champions are heading in the right direction after Monday's stalemate at Manchester United.

The Blues are unbeaten in the three games since Jose Mourinho's departure on Dec. 17, beating Sunderland and then drawing with Watford and at Old Trafford.

A surge up the table has yet to materialise, though, and the title holders remain in 14th place, only three points off the relegation zone.

On Monday Chelsea took on a United team that had lost four games in a row, but were unable to make that five as the two struggling giants fought out a 0-0 draw.

The hosts edged the chances, but Chelsea skipper Terry was proud of the performance of his team.

He told Chelsea TV: "I think the desire and the effort was spot on. The work rate was different class throughout the whole starting XI. But more importantly I just want to say thank you to the fans.

"I think we owed them that performance and I think they can slowly see the tide turning and us putting in performances and getting results.

"The desire in the group is there for everyone to see the last few games. For whatever reason we weren't winning games from the start and we are where we are and we have to build upon that and we have to change things around very quickly because, looking at the league table, it's horrible.

"With a quick succession of wins we can climb the table quickly."

Terry admitted he has been surprised by the Premier League season so far, with the likes of Leicester and Crystal Palace challenging at the top of the table and Chelsea languishing near the bottom three.

"I think it has been bizarre," he said. "Being among it has been really difficult and that is credit to teams you wouldn't expect to win games throughout the year improving their squads and improving individuals.

"It's now down to us as a group and a club to step up and go again to that next level where we want to be.

"This year it's probably too far to go, but the season after that and long when I have gone we have set the levels and we need to keep that year after year."

Guus Hiddink's side slipped 19 points behind leaders Arsenal with the draw at Old Trafford and 15 points adrift of the top four.