John Terry looking for historic win

Chelsea skipper John Terry has stated that Wednesday night’s Champions League fixture against Napoli could go down in history if the hosts get back into the tie.

The Stamford Bridge outfit were well beaten 3-1 by the in-form Italians in the first leg, and the England international knows the importance of the second clash on home soil.

“If it all goes well, it could go down as one of the great nights of Chelsea’s history,” Terry stated at a press conference, published by Sky Sports.

“It’ll be very tough. Seeing their last game, too, when they won 6-3, defensively, we need to be really solid.

“It’ll be a balance, and communication will be key. They’ll have watched videos of us and know we can open teams up.

“We can break teams down and be solid ourselves. But an early goal and a good start would be great for us,” he admitted.

Andre Villas Boas has been sacked since the first leg, with Roberto Di Matteo taking over on a temporary basis; Terry has rejected claims that the senior players at the club had anything to do with the managerial change.

“We win and lose together at this club – we’re all responsible for the results we have.

“As for the senior players running this football club, that’s nonsense. That’s just the perception from outside. Roman Abramovich and the board make the decisions.

“On the football pitch, that can affect what happens upstairs of course. If we don’t win matches, the board step in.

“People speculating from various different clubs or previous managers, that’s complete nonsense,” he confessed.

Finally, Terry praised former England manager Fabio Capello, who resigned from his position after seeing the defender stripped of the national captaincy by the FA.

“Quite clearly, Fabio backed me.

“That comes from a relationship with myself and him, the relationship we built up.

“I stood for him on the football pitch, and he stood up for me off the pitch.

“I respect that from him, I respect him as a man and for what he did for me. Complete respect both ways,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight