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JOHN TERRY wants Chelsea to wrest control of Champions League Group E from Schalke by winning in Gelsenkirchen.

Chelsea responded to their opening round defeat against Basle by winning at Steaua Bucharest and tonight face the first game of a potentially decisive double-header with group leaders Schalke, who have maximum points from their first two games.

The Chelsea captain said: "We had a minor blip at home (against Basle). Win this game and we're in a much stronger position.

"We're not coming here under false pretences that we're going to come here, pick up three points easily. We understand it's going to be a tough night."

Jose Mourinho knows the bouts with the Bundesliga's Royal Blues could be key, but is calm about Chelsea's position.

The Chelsea boss said: "We need points over these two matches. That's obvious.

"But we're in condition to play without thinking about finishing first or second.

"I don't think it's yet the time to have the calculator and to be counting the number of points you need to qualify."

Schalke go into tonight's clash in buoyant mood, with results both domestically and in Europe giving them no reason to fear the Londoners.

Although coach Jens Keller has singled out Chelsea as "one of the favourites for the title", he believes there is no reason for his side to feel inferior.

"Just a glance at Group E as well as our recent results in the Bundesliga give us self-confidence, of course," Keller said at a press conference in Gelsenkirchen.

"We're at home and Chelsea are going to feel that from the very first minute."

Keller is set to welcome Kevin-Prince Boateng back into his side after he missed the 3-2 win at Eintracht Braunschweig last Saturday with a knee injury.

"Things are looking good with him," said Keller, who should also be able to restore regular number one Timo Hildebrand in goal and Jermaine Jones in midfield for Marco Hoger.


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