Terry hoping for another Champions League final with Chelsea
Chelsea captain John Terry is keen to reach a second Champions League final, Sky Sports has reported, in order to put right the wrongs of the 2008 showpiece, when Terry missed a penalty in the shootout with Manchester United, handing the trophy to their Premier League rivals.
Terry was suspended for Chelsea’s victorious 2012 appearance, when Didier Drogba’s penalty, his last kick as a Chelsea player, gave the Blues a shootout success. Terry took part in the celebrations in 2012 but admitted that while he was pleased for the club and his teammates, he wished he was able to play in the game, having been sent off in the semi-final second-leg against Barcelona.
“I played in one (final) and was very disappointed in the one in Moscow, but delighted for the side to go on and win it the way we did,” Terry said. “But as an individual you want to be playing in those games, in those moments and that's what I'm aiming to do.”
Terry spent part of last season as a substitute under interim manager Rafael Benitez, but insists he never doubted his ability - but conceded the return of Jose Mourinho in the summer was particularly beneficial for him individually. “Even when I was playing well last year, scoring, I didn't maintain my place. It was quite frustrating for me.
“But the manager (Mourinho) has been great for me. My career is where it is because of this man sitting next to me. I'm very proud to be working with him again and the team is in a good period at the moment, we're slowly getting where we want to be.”
Chelsea are currently third in Champions League Group E, level on points with second-place Basel and three behind Schalke, their opponents on Tuesday. Steaua Bucharest are the final team in the group, with the Romanians bottom of the table having yet to register a point.
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