Chelsea v Napoli: John Terry admits Chelsea cannot afford to drop out of Champions League
The next 10 weeks will define Chelsea’s future, not just their campaign, captain John Terry said on Tuesday night.
With Chelsea facing a huge challenge on Wednesday evening to stay in this season’s Champions League, Terry admitted that failure to qualify for the competition again would severely damage the club’s prospects of attracting new players. Chelsea must overturn a 3-1 deficit at home to Napoli to progress to the last eight.
“Naturally we have players out of contract and players in negotiation with their current contracts. I’m hoping many stay and many come in,” Terry said.
“But the key factor when it comes to players coming into this club is that we need to be playing Champions League football next year. We need Champions League football financially, and to attract the best players. We understand as a group what we need to do to ensure that happens, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure it does happen.”
It has been a turbulent season for Terry for club and country — losing both Fabio Capello as England manager and, last week, Andre Villas-Boas as the man in charge of Chelsea. The defender expressed his regret at Villas-Boas’s dismissal, while vehemently arguing that player power was not out of control and had not undermined the Portuguese.
Terry also paid tribute to Capello, who stuck by him as captain — a decision that ultimately led to the Italian resigning when the player was stripped of the role by the FA. “Quite clearly, Fabio backed me,” Terry said.