Terry defends Chelsea: I supported my teammate

Chelsea captain John Terry has defended his behaviour and that of his teammates in the Premier League leaders’ Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain, BBC Sport has reported.

The Blues were dumped out of Europe by PSG on away goals after Thiago Silva scored in extra-time, making the tie 2-2 on the night and 3-3 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in France. Gary Cahill had put Chelsea in front at Stamford Bridge but former Chelsea defender David Luiz sent the game to extra time before Eden Hazard restored Chelsea’s lead, with Silva’s intervention coming with six minutes to play.

PSG went through despite playing much of the match with 10 men after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Brazil midfielder Oscar, with Ibra complaining after the match that the Chelsea players’ hounding of referee Bjorn Kuipers contributed to his dismissal. Ibrahimovic described the opposition as ‘babies’ but Terry insisted the protestations of the Chelsea side would be replicated by any team, and explained he was sticking up for his downed teammate.

“Every side is as bad as each other. It’s part of the game,” Terry protested. “Once [PSG are] charging the ref, the only thing we can do is respond. You can’t let them surround the ref, trying to get our players booked.

“If I have to run 20, 30 yards, it doesn’t look great, but when you’re standing back and seeing five or six of their players surrounding the ref, I think I support my teammates,” the skipper continued. “And once I go, four or five go with me.

“It doesn’t look good at all, but that’s part of the game. We’ll match it if people want to mix it. That’s part of our game as well.”

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