Chelsea captain John Terry has urged fans to help make Stamford Bridge a fortress in the Champions League.

Home form is seen as the key to progressing into the knockout stages of Europe's premier club competition, and the Blues' last defeat at this stage came in October 2003 when Besiktas were victorious against Claudio Ranieri's side.

A win against Bayer Leverkusen in their opening Group E match put Chelsea on track for the knockout stages, and after picking up a draw in Valencia, two more wins in west London are likely to take the club through.

"The Champions League group stages will give you one really tough game nine times out of 10 because the way the seedings work, but you always come up against good opposition nowadays," Terry told the official Chelsea website.

"With that in mind if you can win your home games it will serve you well. There are teams on paper that you should go and beat but away from home these can be difficult places to go.

"If you can look after yourself at home, as we have done in recent years, then you should be alright."

With initial reports that the attendance will be low for tonight's clash at Stamford Bridge, the skipper is pleased to hear that ticket sales have increased and a near sell out is expected in west London.


 

Talk of a move to a 60,000-seat stadium would mean availability for even more fans to watch Andre Villas-Boas' side, and Terry knows it's important to have the full support of a packed crowd behind you.

"I am sure the fans will be behind us. I've heard the game is not far off being sold out and as a player it's nice to come out to a full stadium knowing the fans are behind you," he continued.

"They always are and we thank them for that, because we appreciate the support that we get."

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