Sort it out! Terry tells Chelsea team-mates there are NO excuses for sorry slump in form and that they MUST finish in top four
Ben Rumsby, Press Association
14:01 GMT, 29 January 2013
15:43 GMT, 29 January 2013
John Terry has told his Chelsea team-mates to 'liven up', insisting rotation was no excuse for their recent ills.
Terry made his long-awaited first start since returning from injury in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Brentford and was far from impressed by another 'lacklustre' performance as they narrowly avoided a humiliating giant-killing.
Unimpressed: John Terry has warned Chelsea their current form is not good enough
No holding back: Terry reckons Chelsea need to buck up their ideas and Gary Cahill appeared to have taken his skipper's words on board judging by this full-bloodied challenge on Fernando Torres during training today
It was the latest in a long line of
disappointing results in key games this season, which has seen Chelsea's
interest in five trophies ended already and has left them 11 points
behind leaders Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League title
Interim manager Benitez has bemoaned the
lack of resources at his disposal during what has been a punishing run
of games but Terry insisted the current squad is capable of more.
Letting fly: Eden Hazard (left) and Torres (right) lash the ball about during free-kick practice today at Cobham
Talking tactics: Chelsea's Rafael Benitez chats with Juan Mata during a training session at Chelsea's Cobham HQ today
Narrow escape: Chelsea nearly suffered FA Cup humiliation at Brentford last Sunday
He told Chelsea TV: 'We need to liven up
a bit and realise the importance to the fans and the club. Champions
League football is a must next season.
'We saw last season, going to the
Champions League final, suffering with all the extra games and stuff
like that, we ended up finishing sixth in the League.
'It's difficult but we have a squad and it's down to the players who come in to rotate and play well.'
Sunday was Terry's first start since he suffered a knee injury in November but it was Chelsea's 40th game already this season.
He added: 'Even though it's great to be back personally, on a team level we should be winning the game and now we've made it difficult for ourselves with a replay again.
'We have another game we could do without but we should beat them at the Bridge. I was disappointed because we didn't fight and they wanted it more.
'We're not (winning any trophies at the moment). It's disappointing going to Swansea and not scoring over two legs of the (Capital One Cup) semi-final. Being so lacklustre, like we were at Brentford.
'Over the two legs against Swansea, at home we did better but going there, I'd rather we'd lost that three or 4-0 and give it a go and we didn't do that.'
Back in action: Terry made his long-awaited first start since returning from injury at Brentford