John Terry: FA Cup win is perfect Champions League preparation
Chelsea skipper John Terry believes his side have enjoyed the best possible preparation for the Champions League final with cup win
John Terry believes Chelsea’s FA Cup triumph over Liverpool has provided the Blues with the perfect preparation for the Champions League final later this month.
The Londoners sealed a 2-1 victory over the Reds thanks to goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba as Roberto Di Matteo’s men won their first silverware of the season at Wembley.
And Terry, who will miss the European showpiece through suspension as a result of his red card during the semi-final second leg at Barcelona, believes Chelsea have proven their critics wrong after a difficult start to the season under Andre Villas-Boas.
“We can take the momentum from this win into the Champions League final but we understand that Bayern Munich are a good side and very dangerous going forward,” said Terry, who Uefa confirmed would be allowed to lift the trophy should Chelsea triumph over Bayern Munich on 19 May.
“We will wait and see how the Premier League pans out for us but we have got two really good weeks’ preparation ahead for the final, and we can take encouragement from this win and the way people were writing us off midway through the season.
“During pre-season you aim to be in these sort of competitions at the end, which we are.
“We fought very hard in the FA Cup. Birmingham took us to a replay which was tough and Robbie Di Matteo’s first game in charge, and the togetherness from then on has been incredible. Robbie deserves a lot of credit for that.”