Villas-Boas praises Chelsea captain Terry

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has hailed the defensive display that captain John Terry showed in his side’s 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, Sky Sports reports. Juan Mata scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot to put the Blues into the fifth round.

Pre-match build up centered around John Terry and Anton Ferdinand following their encounter at Loftus Road earlier in the season. but the handshake before the game was scrapped to try and defuse tensions. Villas-Boas believed that the decision to scrap the handshake was a sensible one by the Football Association and allowed the emotions to stay low.

The Portuguese manager said: ‘It was a good solid display defensively. This last January since Aston Villa we have organised ourselves a little bit better in defence without conceding so many goals. Individually from John it was an excellent performance, very focused and he managed to get off-field events out of his mind and concentrate fully on his job.’

Villas-Boas also praised the away following at Loftus Road and has stated that he wants their support to transfer to Stamford Bridge, which has become a ‘much more anxious stadium’ in his eyes. Chelsea are now in the hat for the fifth round draw, but Villas-Boas is concentrating his side on Tuesday night’s fixture with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League. Chelsea still sit fourth, five points in front of fifth placed Arsenal, and will be looking to inflict only Swansea’s second defeat at home this season.

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