Posted on: Tue 24 Oct 2006

Captain John Terry has revealed that Monday's visit by members of the squad to see Petr Cech in hospital has helped the team concentrate on tonight's game with Barcelona.


Speaking before the biggest Champions League game of the season so far, Terry said:


'We have had to reflect on what has happened but we went on Monday to show our support for Petr and his family.


'He took his oxygen mask off and talked to the lads. Petr said go back to work and go and win the game.


'We wish him a speedy recovery but we come to Stamford Bridge today knowing Petr is doing a lot better and it has put our minds at ease.


'He is obviously very tired from the operation but he seemed okay. He had conversations with the lads about the Reading game and he wanted to know what happened after he had left the pitch.


'We know he is on the mend so we can get fully focussed on the game tonight.'


If team selection follows the expected course, Terry will be in direct confrontation with a very good friend he shared six seasons playing with at Chelsea.


'I have been speaking to Eidur since he joined Barcelona but in the last couple of weeks he has been avoiding mine and Frank's phone calls,' Terry disclosed.


'Coming up against him, he is a world class player. He has been sorely missed here but I have spoken to him and he has really enjoyed his time over there. It will be really tough against him.'


Anyone attending Stamford Bridge tonight to witness in person Terry v Gudjohnsen is asked to arrive at the stadium as early as early as possible.


by Paul Mason