Our captain and our decisive goalscorer have been reflecting on last night’s stunning Champions League triumph over Paris Saint-Germain, with John Terry and Demba Ba expressing their delight at securing our place in the semi-finals of the competition.
The Blues overturned a 3-1 deficit from the first leg in dramatic circumstances, substitute Ba firing home three minutes from time to spark jubilant scenes after Andre Schurrle, who had also come off the bench, had given us a first-half lead.
Terry, who marshalled a wonderful collective display defensively, with the Blues keeping a ninth consecutive clean sheet at home, explained how the work carried out on the training pitch ultimately paid dividends.
‘At 1-0 we always gave ourselves a chance, especially with not conceding,’ said the skipper.
‘We worked a lot all week on different scenarios; 1-0, 2-1, 3-1, what would we do when Demba comes on?
‘We hit the big man and he scored a great goal, so for every scenario we had a gameplan and once again we got it right.
‘The competition means a lot to us, the manager’s been very successful and the club have experienced it once, as well as the disappointments which keep you fighting.
‘The one time winning it was the best feeling ever and nights like last night, with big performances from big players, are what we live for.
‘It was against us, everybody probably doubted us but I think we showed great character, a will to fight no matter what and it paid off.’
Ba, meanwhile, whose goal was his sixth of the campaign, acknowledged the significance of the strike.
‘It all went so quick, when I was on the floor I just looked at the goal and the ball was in the net,’ said the Senegalese striker.
‘I just do what I have to do when I get chances. I haven’t had many chances this season but I took it. I’m always here to score and it was a very important goal for the future.’
Having conceded the second goal so late in the game, Paris Saint-Germain pushed forward in the dying stages of the game in an attempt to steal it, but the Blues stood firm, with every member of the team defending for the cause, including Ba and fellow strikers Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres.
‘We had to push and we, as strikers, stick together and work hard,’ he said. ‘I really appreciate Samuel and Fernando, I know when I play they are behind me and when they play I’m behind them.’