Champions League vital to Chelsea future, says Terry

Chelsea captain John Terry believes reaching next season’s Champions League is vital to the club’s future, according to Yahoo Sport.

Speaking on the eve of Chelsea’s return leg with Serie A side Napoli at Stamford Bridge, Terry said: “We need to be in the competition next season. We understand as a group what we need to do to ensure that happens, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure it does happen.

Qualification for next season’s Champions League can be achieved in one of two ways – through a team’s final league position or by winning the competition outright.

Chelsea go into the match with Napoli 3-1 behind from the first-leg, having opened the scoring through Juan Mata, only for the Spaniard’s goal to be cancelled out by an Edinson Cavani brace and a goal from Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Since the tie in the Stadio San Paulo in late February Chelsea have sacked Andre Villas-Boas and replaced the Portuguese with his assistant, former Chelsea and Lazio midfielder Roberto di Matteo. The Italian has thus far been victorious in each of his two matches in charge, seeing off Birmingham City 2-0 in the FA Cup and Stoke City 1-0 in the Premier League.

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