TERRY: EXTRA INCENTIVE
John Terry will lead the Blues out at Wembley for the FA Cup Final tomorrow making his 50th appearance in the competition, and the 31-year-old has spoken of the impact winning the oldest cup competition in the world can have, not just domestically, but also abroad.
As we prepare to go head-to-head with Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool side tomorrow evening, the Chelsea skipper will be hoping that it's he, rather than Steven Gerrard, holding the trophy aloft come the end of the game.
There is certainly no shortage of medals and accolades on display in the Terry household - including three FA Cups - but it's the hunger for success, and being involved in the games that really matter, which continues to drive him on, as he admitted.
'You only have to look at Manchester United and the likes of [Paul] Scholes and [Ryan] Giggs,' he said. 'Their desire to keep winning things, once you get a taste of it you really want to be in the thick of it at the end of the season, which we are, and we're delighted to be there. They realise the FA Cup is a huge thing even in the foreign countries as well.'
Roberto Di Matteo takes his side into the game 15 years after scoring the goal which set us on our way to winning the competition back in 1997, the club's first major trophy in 26 years.
The Italian's impact on the squad as a whole since taking charge has been well documented, and with a place in the Champions League Final against Bayern Munich already secured, this season has the potential to finish in the greatest manner of all.
Terry insisted that for now, all our attentions are on ensuring we can overcome a Liverpool side whose cup form this season makes a mockery of their current league position, but he acknowledges another Wembley win will see the calls for Di Matteo to be handed the reins on a permanent basis intensify.
'It will do him no harm at all, he's obviously done well in the league and all competitions to get us where we are today so to win it would put him in a very good position,' said Terry.
'He's not thinking about that at the moment and he's not letting the players get distracted. He's very passionate, Chelsea through and through, and that's certainly rubbed off on the players, if we could do it and then you get the added bonus of Robbie getting the job, that would be great.'
FA Cup Final programmes are currently on sale in the Chelsea Megastore priced at £10