The Italian has led the Blues to seven victories in his nine games in charge since taking the Stamford Bridge reigns from the Portuguese coach, guiding the Londoners into the FA Cup semi-finals and booking a mouth-watering last-four showdown with Barcelona in the Champions League.
And Terry admits he has been surprised by the sharp turnaround since Di Matteo took charge but hailed his team-mates’ united effort as the key to their recent success.
“We’ve shown in the past couple of months just what we’re all about as a side and a squad,” Terry told Chelsea’s website. “To come back the way we did against Napoli, to go away to Benfica and win there and show that we’re difficult to break down.
“It’s going to be very difficult to go to Barcelona but we know it will be very tough here at the Bridge. Because of the past four or five years, they’re one of the best teams ever, but we’re going pretty well ourselves, and it’s important we keep that momentum and keep winning games.
“We’re delighted to be in the position we’re in now, two months back I’d have bitten someone’s hand off to be where we are now.
“It’s been a good team effort collectively as well because the manager has rotated and the people who have come in have shown that hunger and fight to keep their place and work for their chances.
“That’s been key, and with a busy schedule I think it’s been important as well, and will be over the next few weeks.”
Terry has dealt the Blues a major injury scare after revealing he has been playing with two cracked ribs since the Champions League away leg in Benfica.
But the Chelsea skipper has reassured fans that he intends to play through the pain with such crucial games approaching.
“I’m struggling a bit, to be honest,” he continued. “In the away leg after about 20 minutes I got an elbow in the ribs.
“I have two fractured ribs but I don’t think it will mean I’m out at all, it’s just a case of managing it and things like that.
“I know there are ways around it. With the ribs you can’t really do anything, you can’t treat the injury or massage it to make it better, but the guys have got a few ideas to get me through games.”
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