Chelsea captain John Terry wants to lead the team to another Champions League victory having missed out on the final the first time the Blues landed Europe’s biggest club trophy, Sky
The London club beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the 2012 final, dismissing Bayern in their own Allianz Arena, but Terry missed the match through suspension. The centre-back was sent off in the semi-final second leg against Barcelona for kicking out at Alexis Sanchez.
Terry was part of the post-match celebrations and insists he deserved to be involved after contributing in the games leading up to the final, but admits it hurts when people question the merit of his winners’ medal.
“Of course it drives me on. Especially Munich – the biggest night ever for the club and I didn’t play in it,” Terry said. “I know people like to have their digs and their pops over that. Because it’s me, people say ‘he’s not won it’.
“But I’ve played in one final (2008) and in 2012 I still felt a massive part of it all and the players made me feel a big part,” he continued. “I know I played a huge part along the way – in the dressing room and on the field. So I count myself to have won it. But now the most important thing is to go and strive to win it again.”
Terry believes the Chelsea squad has the attitude to claim a second Champions League, as well as targeting other trophies along the way. “I just want to win and fight to the end. That’s the mentality of where we are as a club,” he added.
“I just want to win trophies, that’s what I’m hungry to do, that’s what I was born to do. It’s been in me since I was a kid.”
Terry has made more than 600 appearances for Chelsea, the only club – bar a short loan spell at Nottingham Forest – the 33-year-old has represented. Terry made his club debut in the 1998-99 season.
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