Chelsea 1 Barcelona 0: It was one of our best performances – Terry
John Terry labels Chelsea's nail-biting victory over Barcelona as one of the greatest nights in the Blues' history in Europe
John Terry described Chelsea’s victory over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final as one of the Blues’ greatest performances in Europe.
Chelsea’s winner came in first-half stoppage time when Frank Lampard switched play superbly to Ramires and the Brazilian midfielder delivered a low cross which Didier Drogba swept past Victor Valdes.
Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fàbregas missed a couple of chances and Alexis Sánchez hit the crossbar before the break, while Carles Puyol was denied an 87th-minute equaliser by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who tipped the defender’s header to safety.
“It certainly will go down as one [of Chelsea’s greatest performances in the Champions League],” Terry told ITV.
“We had to be very patient. Barcelona had an awful lot of possession early on, I don’t think we touched it in the first 10 to 15 minutes, and they’re a great side.
“We had to be really patient. The midfielders had to work very hard [with] Didier Drogba up front on his own as well.
“It was a tireless performance from everyone.”
Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo preferred Drogba to Fernando Torres for the first leg, and the veteran striker rewarded the Italian coach’s faith with a swashbuckling display.
The 34-year-old was a constant handful for Barça’s defensive pairing of Javier Mascherano and Puyol, and the Blues captain hailed the Ivory Coast international’s contribution to a memorable European victory.
“Drogba’s incredible,” added Terry. “It’s what he’s all about, these big nights, big occasions.
“We saw what he did against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. He put fear into the Spurs back four. He did that again tonight.
“It’s difficult for him. He’s up there on his own against some of the best defenders in the world. It can be frustrating for him at times.
“But he holds it up so well and allows are midfielders to push on.”