Chelsea are looking tired after Europa League exploits, admits John Terry
John Terry admits that Chelsea's exploits in the Europa League appear to be taking their toll ahead of Sunday's clash with Swansea
John Terry admits that Chelsea’s exploits in the Europa League appear to be taking their toll as the west Londoners get set to continue their push for a top-four finish against Swansea.
The Blues sealed a 2-1 semi-final first-leg win over Basel on Thursday night, but Chelsea captain Terry believes there were signs of fatigue in their display.
“We looked a little bit tired,” said Terry. “The game in the second half was end to end and it would have been nice to have killed it off.
“We had some chances, as soon as they scored we had a chance and the response was great.”
Chelsea will look to get their bid for Champions League qualification back on track when they welcome Swansea to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
And Terry concedes that the Blues’ hectic fixture schedule has probably impacted his side’s league form, with Rafael Benitez’s men currently fourth in the Premier League table.
“We’ve had a lot of long journeys and tough games, and it doesn’t serve us well in the league. Maybe it’s affected the league situation, but this is important to the club.
“[The Europa League] is not where we want to be but we’re in it, we’ve travelled to some tough places which makes the league games hard but the manager has rotated and looked to keep people fresh as well.
“It would be great, we’re in it to win it. It’s on the agenda, as well as coming third or fourth and getting that Champions League spot.”