Tuesday, November 25, 2008
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - CHELSEA - TERRY AIMING FOR KNOCKOUT STAGES
Chelsea captain John Terry wants the Blues to bounce back from their Roma mauling to make sure of a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The club head to Bordeaux on Wednesday looking for a victory to erase the nightmare 3-1 defeat in Rome.
Chelsea gave the French side a 4-0 hammering at Stamford Bridge and Terry is confident they can bounce back from the disappointment of the Rome game.
"The lads bounced back from the disappointment of Rome with everyone showing a great attitude to give a great performance in Blackburn (a 2-0 win)," said the England skipper.
"Blackburn is a notoriously tough place to go but with the bad weather and Rome behind us, it was an even tougher fixture.
"Rome apart we are not conceding many goals and Nicolas Anelka is on fire, not just with his goalscoring but in his all-round link-up play.
"It is tight at the top both in the Premier and the Champions League, so we cannot afford to slip up.
"The defeat in Rome put a little bit of a bad taste in our mouths and was a bitter reminder that we have to keep on winning until the other teams crumble around us.
"It is not just the management who can be important after a result like the one in Rome, it is all the backroom staff.
"They play a big part in getting us right. Darren, the young chef, brings his guitar along now and sings a few songs. There were a few Elvis Presley numbers played before the Blackburn game."
Although Anelka is in the best form of his Chelsea career, Luiz Felipe Scolari will have Didier Drogba available for the Bordeaux match even though he is serving a domestic suspension.
But it is the timely return of Germany midfielder Michael Ballack that has team-mate Deco drooling.
Ballack played half-an-hour as a substitute in the 3-0 win over West Brom last week and is set to start against the French side.
"It is good for us to have him back because he is a great, great player," said Deco.
"We need more players because we are playing many games and have some injuries.
"It is difficult to play against him because he is a strong player, very competitive and experienced. I have played against him three or four times for Portugal."