John Terry, who captained the Chelsea team which progressed into the last-eight of the FA Cup with a win over Wolves, was determined not to suffer the fate of other Premier League sides.
Our opponents on Saturday had made big headlines when they knocked out Liverpool in the previous round, and the FA Cup giant-killing continued this weekend with Burnley and Leicester eliminated prior to our kick-off at Molineux. A Pedro goal midway through the second half and Diego Costa snapping up a chance right at the end ensured no such shock for the Blues.
‘Wolves started very well and made it difficult for us, especially in the first 20 minutes which we expected before the game,’ acknowledged Terry.
‘It was pretty much a wake-up call seeing the other results on the day and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy coming here, it is a tough place, but I thought we did well in the end.’
There was an early scare when former Chelsea Academy player George Saville fired a shot against the Chelsea post.
‘It would have been nice for him but it wasn’t to be,’ said Terry, ‘but the main thing for our team, especially for the likes of me and Cesc Fabregas who haven’t been playing regularly, is when we get the opportunity to play, we come in and keep winning and we keep that momentum.
‘We have to give the manager food for thought as well because the other boys have been superb. As a group we have been training well and they have been flying in the league. All we can do as a group is keep winning football matches and make it difficult for everyone else.’
Terry, who was skipper during Chelsea’s 2009/10 Double-winning season, agrees with Antonio Conte when he says it is too early to talk of a repeat of that achievement.
‘As you see when we went away to Burnley last week, everyone expected us to pick up three points. This year, especially in the Premier League, everyone is beating everyone. It is not like five or 10 years ago when you could look at a fixture and think we can go there and pick up three points and move on to the next match. Everyone is set up really well and the quality of players has increased over the years as well. It is a long, long way to go but the most important thing this weekend is we are in the hat for the FA Cup draw.’