Chelsea defender John TerryChelsea captain John Terry celebrated the battling performance of his team after their 2-1 aggregate win over Sparta Prague in the Europa League.

The Blues entered the home leg of the clash with a 1-0 lead, but saw the Czech’s quickly level the scores through David Lafata.

The home side then struggled to break down their opponents, despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession and efforts on goal.

But, second-half substitute Eden Hazard snatched the all-important winner deep into injury time to send Chelsea into the last-16.

Terry was thrilled with the way his team-mates kept going throughout the 90 minutes, and was delighted that they got their reward late on:

“We kept going and going and going. The first 80 minutes nothing went for us and really we had a lot of attempts on goal and didn’t get it, but the persistence from the lads was fantastic and you know credit to us.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.

Chelsea are only in the competition due to being knocked out of the Champions League during the group stage.

Terry revealed that the disappointment of their exit from the continent’s top club tournament drove them on to make it to the next round of the Europa League:

“It was an absolute must for us,

“We’re very disappointed to be out of the Champions League and watching it you know Wednesday and Tuesday nights is disappointing, but that’s enough motivation for us to kick on in this competition.

“We are in it to win it and nothing changes from that. After that we’ve got a chance with the Super Cup. There’s still some big competitions to play for.”

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