Blues skipper has double vision

11 April 2010 01:47
Chelsea captain John Terry is already focused on Tuesday's Premier League clash with Bolton as the Blues continue their bid to land the double.

Chelsea reached their third FA Cup final in four years with a 3-0 semi-final victory over Aston Villa at Wembley yesterday but the focus has already switched to their home game with Wanderers and their double bid.

Bolton have gained something of a reputation for spoiling the party at Stamford Bridge in recent seasons but Chelsea are determined to keep up the pressure on their rivals at the top of the table.

Goals from Didier Drogba, his 32nd of the season, Florent Malouda and Frank Lampard helped the FA Cup holders to set up a final against Portsmouth or Tottenham in May.

It also keeps them on course to become only the seventh club in history to win both competitions in the same season.

"We've got our eyes on the double now," declared Terry. "We are back at the top of the Premier League with five games to go and we are in the FA Cup final now so that's what our sights are on.

"We know we've got some tough games coming up but as long as we keep winning and working hard for each other it is possible.

"We've got some tough games coming up in the league. We've got Bolton in the week, which will be tough.

"Looking at the fixtures, they all seem really difficult, but as long as we keep winning and working hard for each other, then the double is possible."

Terry came under fire from Villa boss Martin O'Neill for a second-half challenge on James Milner that led to a yellow card for the Chelsea defender.

An incensed O'Neill claimed: "It was an horrendous challenge on an England team-mate. James Milner is exceptionally lucky his career is intact. It should have been a straight red card.

"It could have been very serious. James is lucky to have got away with it. The fact his leg was in the air helped. I have spoken to the doctor who says he's a very lucky boy."

Terry is understood to have spoken to Milner after the game and Chelsea insist they have no plans to respond to O'Neill's remarks at the present time.

But Terry did have some sympathy with Villa over a first-half penalty appeal that was flatly rejected by referee Howard Webb.

Gabriel Agbonlahor appeared to be wrestled to the ground by Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi but Webb decreed otherwise. However, Terry was convinced that Villa should have been given a spot-kick.

"I think it was a penalty for Villa," he admitted. "I was right there. I would say so. But the game is over. We should have had some penalties earlier in the season and we move on."

Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou revealed how a half-time blast from angry coach Carlo Ancelotti helped give the Blues the boost they needed to go on and win the game.

Chelsea had been lethargic and off the pace in the opening half as Villa dominated the game but Ancelotti let rip during the interval.

"He was saying that we were playing too static and there was not a lot of movement in the front," said Kalou.

"Of course Carlo was angry because that was not the Chelsea that people want to see or the Chelsea we want to be.

"He was angry because of that and every player understood that we had to do better if we wanted to win the game."

Kalou also insists Drogba's opening goal in the 67th minute paved the way for their victory over a side they hammered 7-1 in the league just a fortnight ago.

Kalou came off the bench to help open the game up and the Ivorian believes they will need more impact players if they are to land the coveted double.

"Once we scored the first goal, we had more space to play and more chances to create goals," said Kalou.

"It is important if we want to win the double, that we have people who come off the bench and change games.

"We have never done the double before and it would be good history for the club and the manager. To have the opportunity to do the double as a player is amazing."

Source: Team_Talk