Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez believes captain John Terry will take a penalty at the Luzhniki Stadium against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, despite the defender missing in the 2008 Champions League final shootout against Manchester United at the same venue, the
Chelsea lead Rubin 3-1 from the first-leg but the same score line after extra time would see the match settled from 12 yards, and Benitez is confident Terry would have no doubts about stepping up to take a kick if he was called upon.
The only time Terry has taken a penalty since he slipped and skied his effort against United five years ago was in a League Cup tie against Fulham. Terry was successful on that occasion.
Terry’s miss against United contributed to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side coming out on top, with United’s victory confirmed when Nicolas Anelka also fluffed his attempt, striking Edwin van der Sar’s post. If Terry had scored, Chelsea would have been victorious. Instead they had to wait until 2012 to claim the trophy, also on penalties, with Terry suspended from the match and Didier Drogba netting the clinching effort.
Benitez said: “If it is necessary, John will take one. It depends how many players you have. The main thing is that they want to do it. You cannot just say, ‘You and you and you’. The first thing, what matters, is that they have to be convinced they can score.
“We are confident we will not need penalties. But if we do need penalties, we have enough experience and quality.”
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