Philip Wen at Goal.com reports that Chelsea and England skipper John Terry is hoping the arrival of Italian mastermind Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge, will be a positive factor in Chelsea’s quest for the Champions League this season.
Terry, whose penalty slammed into a post in the 2008 final, denying Chelsea a victory and ultimately leading to Manchester United’s success on penalties, feels his team has grown together as a result of their travails in the competition stating;
“We have experienced some bad times together. Of course, there have also been some good times, but the bad ones will live with us forever. That is 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.”
Ancelotti’s arrival at the club, combined with his lengthy list of credentials, including Champions League success with Milan, has been welcomed by Terry who now feels that the experience of the Chelsea team, allied to his managers tactical nous and experience in the competition will be enough to hand them their best chance of success in the competition.
“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.”
Is Terry right? Does having Carlo on board improve Chelsea’s chance of lifting the one title that has eluded them since Abramovic’s take over, or have the Londoners still not addressed the problems that saw them fall short in the past few years?
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