CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: READY, STEADY

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

John Terry has given a positive report on the condition of the side after a month of preparations for the new season.

The captain made his comments to Chelsea TV following the 3-1 win over Rangers on Saturday, the final match before the business of collecting league points begins on Sunday.

'The Asia tour was a two-week period which is quite long and it is good to be back home with our families.' Terry said. 'The season is getting close. Fitness-wise we are looking good and playing well also. Hopefully this momentum can continue into the first game against Stoke.'

The skipper praised the part Daniel Sturridge played in maintaining the team's 100 per cent record in pre season, the win in Scotland putting the side in a good frame of mind for the challenge to come. Sturridge scored two of his team's goals with Florent Malouda adding a third.

'Rangers started a little bit brighter than us and we were obviously disappointed to concede a goal,' Terry said on the opening minutes of the Ibrox friendly.

'But the way we came back into it was good, Studge [Sturridge] especially. He has been brilliant all pre season.

'He went away last season on loan and gained from the experience of playing week in week out. He has grown into how good he believes he can be and everyone is seeing that now. It is just unfortunate he has his three-game ban, otherwise I am sure he would have been the first name down on the team sheet because he has been brilliant so far.'