John Terry is confident his side can reach another UFEA Champions League final and has drawn away from discussion on his long-term future at the club.
The Chelsea captain’s only appearance in the Champions League came in the 2008 match against Manchester United in Moscow. The former England captain was absent from the Champions League victory in 2012 against Bayern Munich due to suspension. He later joined in with the celebrations at the end of the match.
Chelsea will take on another German side in this season Champions League in FC Schalke 04. This will be the third game Chelsea has played in this season’s competition. Having already gained one win, the side are eager to make it another victory to help them progress up the Group E table.
Terry has admitted that his self-esteem took a blow during last season when the club was in temporary charge by interim boss Rafael Benitez who picked other players instead of Terry. This became a regular feature due to the club captain having a knee injury last term.
However, Terry seems to have gained a new lease on life with the return of boss Jose Mourinho, with Gary Cahill being the player absent from the squad instead of Terry. There could be some changes for the game in Germany due to the amount of fixtures the Blues have lined up in the coming weeks.
One thing stated by the returning Chelsea boss was the fact that all the players will need to impress him for their places within the team and nobody will be favorite, despite some of the squad being with Mourinho back in 2004. This could be seen as a fresh start for the Chelsea squad as Mourinho takes charge of his second spell with the West London outfit.
Terry will be out of contact come the summer of 2014 but has advised that discussion about his future will be put on hold at the moment so he can fully focus on doing his job for Chelsea Football Club.
John Terry made his Champions League debut for Chelsea in the 2003/2004 season and had to wait until the 2004/2005 season to bag his first Chelsea goal in Europe. Terry netted for the first time in the Champions League in the 2004 group game against Paris Saint-Germain; the game ended 3-0 to Chelsea on the 14th September. Terry notched up his first home Champions League goal in the next game in the group that season in the 3-1 win over Portuguese outfit Porto.
Ahead of the Champions League game this week John Terry came out and gave praise to Jose Mourinho in relation to his Chelsea career that he has enjoyed up to date. Terry has started every Premier League game this season and looks like a completely new player to the player of last season. Terry looks to have returned to his former self and become a key player in this current Chelsea squad.
Terry has admitted that Mourinho has played a key part to his past, present and future at the club, and the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss holds the cards regarding whether Terry stays beyond next summer.
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