JT'S ASIA TROPHY TRIUMPH

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

Despite leading the club in its most successful period ever, John Terry looks back fondly to his first trophy as a Chelsea captain - the Premier League Asia Cup - back in 2003.

The home-grown defender has since lifted three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Carling Cups, but it was as Marcel Desaiily's stand-in that he first led the side, and tasted success in Kuala Lumpur as we defeated Newcastle United on penalties at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.

Incidentally we return to the same Malaysian stadium in our first game of this summer's tour, before continuing to Thailand and on to Hong Kong for this summer's Barclays Asia Trophy.

The mention of the tournament takes Terry back eight years to a time when Roman Abramovich had just bought the club and invested in new talent - the likes of Glen Johnson, Wayne Bridge and Damien Duff, who would be followed into the club later by Joe Cole, Alexei Smertin and Hernan Crespo.

'It probably sounds funny to some people but it was the first trophy that we won as a group and it was maybe the start of a very good period for us,' Terry explains.

'It was special at the time, obviously looking back now at what we've done it loses its significance and rightly so, but if there is a trophy to go and win, then we want to win it, and that's pre-season as well, regardless of how big or how small it is. As a player you always want to win games, and that's no different so we'll be going to Hong Kong again this time to win.'

'We should be in good condition by then, so we don't need to worry about other the other teams looking fitter or sharper than us, and the main thing is we know come day one of the season we'll be ready to go.'

We will meet the Hong Kong champions, Kitchee, at Hong Kong Stadium on July 27, before meeting either Aston Villa or Blackburn Rovers three days later.

The final leg of the tour follows games in Malaysia on July 21 and Thailand on July 24.