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Terry focused on Euro success
15 Sep 2009 - 08:40:18
Chelsea captain John Terry has backed new Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti to lead the club to Champions League success this season.
The former AC Milan manager has guided the west London side to a 100 per cent start to the Premier League season but the club are now turning their sights to an opening European clash of the campaign against FC Porto.
Chelsea controversially lost to Barcelona in last season's semi-final after being beaten on penalties by Manchester United in 2008.
"What's happened to us in the past still hurts massively. That was why it was very important we kept the backbone of the side together," Terry told the Daily Mirror.
"We've experienced some bad times together. Of course, there have also been some good times, but the bad ones will live with us forever. That's something we all want to make amends for, to put things right.
"Together we've come so close and, after so many years of doing so well in this competition and not winning it, this is the chance to finally do it.
"Now we've got players of the right age and experience and also the right quality to push on this year and make it ours. That's what we're looking to do.
"The first thing that Italian managers have is that they are very well organised tactically. We do a lot of defending and working together as a team.
"If you look at his Milan side over the years, they've been very well organised too. Everybody knows their job and ensures they do it correctly.
"That's something he's come in and got us doing, making sure we fight and work hard for each other.
"We know that if we're organised we're going to be very difficult to break down and, with the quality we've got up front, we know we'll always be able to score goals as well.
"Carlo is a very good man, somebody we can go to and approach while at the same time we all have huge respect for what he's done in the game.
"To have him on board and pass on his knowledge and experience and get us organised and doing the tactical work is really good.
"He knows when to relax and when to focus and those are things that are really key. He knows exactly what players want and that's the key to the success we want."