TERRY: IN THE DRIVING SEAT
John Terry was delighted with both last night's result against Schalke and the reaction shown by the side to Saturday's defeat in Newcastle. Our skipper admitted we didn't have it all our own way against our German opponents but once Samuel Eto'o had scored the game's opening goal, which Terry thinks was down to hard work and not good fortune, the Blues got back into their rhythm.
'It was a good win and a good response after the weekend. We were bitterly disappointed going up to Newcastle and dropping three points so we wanted to respond. The result pleases us most because it puts us in the driving seat of the group.' said Terry.
'It was a shaky first 10 minutes actually, we were a little bit nervous, but after that we settled down and started to play. For the first goal Samuel worked very hard to close their goalie down, and fair play to him to keep chasing, he deserved it.'
Jose Mourinho made six changes from the side that lost on Saturday, with Terry one of the players that kept their place in the starting 11 from that disappointment. Ahead of another home game on Saturday, against West Bromwich Albion, our captain believes the manager faces more tricky decisions when it comes to picking the team, with so many of last night's replacements having impressed.
'Of course the players that were left out were disappointed but the ones that have come in have taken their opportunity,' Terry said. 'The manager changed it about a bit yesterday and the way the lads have responded will have given the manager food for thought for the next game.
'That's what it's all about at this level. We've got so many games coming in the league and the Champions League that it's important that we're all fighting together, and yesterday showed we are.'