Chelsea travel to Liverpool for the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final and captain John Terry believes it is going to be a tough game.
Chelsea are in fine form at the moment and their position in the league reflects their performance over the season. Chelsea are at the top of the table, five points ahead of second placed Manchester City and are in contention for four trophies this season.
With an excellent victory against Swansea in the Premier League, the focus for The Blues now turns to the Capital One Cup semi-final. The first leg of which will be played at Anfield on Tuesday, with the return leg to be played at the Stamford Bridge next Tuesday.
Chelsea are unbeaten in the last five matches against Liverpool, and have won on their last two visits to Anfield, most recently back in November. Captain John Terry spoke about the importance and difficulty of the game.
‘It’s going to be a tough place to go,’ Terry said. ‘I think Studge [Daniel Sturridge] might be back, Sterling is back as well and they proved when we went up there in the league that it’s always a tough game.
‘You kind of forget form and where they are, it goes out of the window, it’s Chelsea v Liverpool. It’s going to be tough and over the two legs I just hope we’re strong enough.’
The skipper also spoke about the desire within the squad to be competitive on all fronts during the second half of the season. He feels that competing in all the competitions is exactly where Chelsea want to be at this point of the season.
‘We’ve got top, top players but, as I’ve said before, until we go and win things, it’s not there yet, and that will be the test. We’ve shown during the first half of the season that we’re capable of pushing the top sides and that’s what we aim to do.
‘There’s a motivation in the dressing room to win the league and push on in the Capital One Cup, Champions League and FA Cup.
‘At this stage, to still be involved in all competitions is where you want to be, and it’s down to big players to step up.’
John Terry, on Saturday, became the third-highest appearance maker in Chelsea’s history. The defender surpassed former captain Frank Lampard when he made his 649th appearance for the club.
‘I’m delighted to go above Lamps [Lampard] and go third, but I think Chopper and Peter Bonetti will take some catching,’ he stated.