Sunday 22 April 2018

Terry’s all gold as Chelsea captain aims for Champions League glory

John Terry celegrates after Chelsea wins the FA Cup. Photo: Getty Images
John Terry celegrates after Chelsea wins the FA Cup. Photo: Getty Images

Graham Luney

After dancing around Wembley with the FA Cup, John Terry wants to be back in a year’s time — to lift the Champions League.

Winning the League and FA Cup double represents the greatest season in Chelsea's 105-year history, but it is not enough for their captain.

Terry now wants the new kings of the domestic game to rule Europe — and only then will he exorcise the ghost of his slip in the 2008 penalty shoot-out in Moscow which allowed Manchester United to lift the prize.

Fans will expect the Blues to retain the league and FA Cup next season — but that won’t satisfy Terry’s thirst for silverware.

“It is hard to set new targets, but the minimum next year now is the Premier League and the FA Cup,” he said.

“If we can add the Champions League to that and the Carling Cup, it would be great, but the minimum is the Premier League and the FA Cup. Everyone is saying that, including the manager.

“These are our trophies and we want to keep them. And the Champions League next year is here (at Wembley) — that would be a great way to end it.”

Terry slammed the state of the Wembley pitch, though the Football Association have more pressing matters to address given Lord Triesman’s resignation as chairman of the Football Association as well as the England 2018 World Cup bid.

A newspaper article claimed he suggested Spain could drop its 2018 bid if rival bidder Russia helped bribe referees at this summer's World Cup. Terry and his Chelsea team-mates defeated Portsmouth 1-0 on the dry Wembley surface to lift the FA Cup on Saturday, but the Blues skipper has pleaded with the FA to act decisively to improve the condition of the turf.

“It probably ruined the game as a spectacle,” said Terry.

“The FA need to say either this is England's football stadium or it's an event stadium. We come back here with England and we want home advantage to count.”

Terry will now be hoping to win the World Cup in South Africa in July and his club boss Carlo Ancelotti is tipping him to sparkle in the Rainbow Nation.

“John Terry played well all year,” said Ancelotti who joined the team’s parade in London yesterday. “Maybe he had some difficult moments, but he was able to keep his private problems outside the training ground. He finished the season very well.

“He is focused and fit and I think he will have a fantastic World Cup for England.”

Source: Belfast Telegraph

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