JT & LAMPS: TOP NIGHT

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

Goalscorers on the night and as influential as ever, John Terry and Frank Lampard have had their say on one of Stamford Bridge's most memorable evenings.

Skipper Terry headed home vice-captain Lampard's corner to give us a second-half advantage against Napoli, only for Gokhan Inler to put the Italians ahead once more before Lampard fired home a penalty to force extra-time, where Branislav Ivanovic's drive took us into the last eight of the Champions League for the seventh time in nine seasons.

Speaking afterwards, Lampard admitted to feeling more than a little nervous as he prepared to take his 74th minute spot kick.

'I tried to hide the nerves but they are always there!' he laughed. 'You understand that at that point of the game you might not get another chance, so there were nerves but it hit the back of the net.

'It was an amazing night here. I've had some very good nights here in the Champions League at home and this one goes straight in right at the top because being 3-1 down against a quality team and performing like we did was a great feeling.

'It was essential we showed a spirit and desire to keep ourselves in the competition. It's very important we go on from here.'

The midfielder admitted there were few more deserving of the winning strike than defender Ivanovic, whose no-nonsense approach encapsulated the spirit of the evening in west London.

'I didn't have the breath to think too much, he finished it like a striker and he deserved it,' said the 33-year-old. 'He was fantastic and he's a symbol of the determination we showed with the way he plays.'

Terry, another who gave a warrior-like display, and contributed another glancing header in the knockout stages of the Champions League, evoking memories of Barcelona in 2005, added that last night could become his favourite European memory.

'This could top them all for sure. The lads put on a great display, really solid, really resilient and we had firepower going forward, it was really impressive watching the lads go on to the end,' the 31-year-old reported.

'We proved we're a team and that's what we're all about. That togetherness when it really mattered showed what Chelsea are made of. All we can do as players is stick together and do what we do best which is playing football and winning football matches.'

Terry also added that he would like to dedicate the victory to the memory of the 22 Belgian children and six adults tragically killed when their coach crashed in Switzerland on Tuesday.