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John Terry discusses strengths of Chelsea team and huge Tottenham game

Chelsea legend John Terry says the Blues can move forward following the disappointment of yesterday’s Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City, and our former skipper believes there is more than enough quality throughout the side to ensure we finish the season strongly.

Terry was at Wembley in a punditry role to watch Maurizio Sarri’s side perform well, only to be beaten 4-3 on penalties.

Looking ahead, he spoke about the positives, as well as the importance of giving the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who both came off the bench yesterday, opportunities to stake a claim.

‘Chelsea can move forward,’ said Terry. ‘They’re a great side and individually they have brilliance in the team. That’s throughout the whole side.

‘We can talk about the two centre-halves being incredible today. You look at the boys in front of them; Kante, Barkley, the three players up front. It’s a great team to build around. Go and build upon it.

‘They’ve found it difficult this year because Man City have been excellent, Liverpool have been superb as well.

‘But we’ve got people like Hudson-Odoi and it’s important to keep him. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, is he ready? Let’s find out. If we’re not going to win the league then let’s give him a chance in the league. Let’s blood the younger players and see what they’ve got.’

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Terry, a scorer when we beat Tottenham 2-0 to win the competition in 2014/15 [pictured above] felt we were unlucky in the eventual shoot-out.

‘You can do penalties in training but you can’t replicate a game situation,’ he explained.

‘Jorginho’s one against Tottenham in the semi-final was brilliant but he’s just missed there. David Luiz, I’d fancy all day long, and it’s just hit the post, but it’s the toss of a coin with penalties once it gets to that point.’

With Tottenham visiting Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Wednesday, there is no time to dwell, and Terry believes the players will be pleased to be involved in another huge fixture so soon.

‘With the Spurs game coming on Wednesday, it’s a massive game for the football club, with what it means to the supporters and what it means to the players in that dressing room,’ he said.

‘But as a player you will be thinking thankfully there is another game in quick succession and you can move on from it. And it’s a massive derby, they’re the games you want to play in as a footballer.’

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