Chelsea captain rallies troops

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Chelsea captain John Terry faced the press for the first time last night since being stripped of the England armband, and it made it clear that, at this present time, his focus is solely on his club.

The Blues face Napoli on Wednesday evening facing the serious prospect of leaving the Champions League before the quarter-final stage, but will be boosted by the return of their skipper.

There had been fears that Terry would face around six weeks on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery, but he completed a full 90 minutes in the weekend win against Stoke.

Chelsea have certainly missed the assurance of Terry at the heart of defence, and may well not be trailing 3-1 on aggregate to Napoli had he been fit for the encounter in Naples.

Things have certainly changed at Stamford Bridge since the first leg some three weeks ago, with Andre Villas-Boas now replaced in the Chelsea hot-seat - albeit temporarily - by Roberto di Matteo.

The former Chelsea midfielder was alongside his captain in Tuesday's press conference; forming a united front amid reports of fractions appearing in the dressing room.

And Terry believes there are no two people who care more about Chelsea than himself and the new manager.

"I know what I need to do as Chelsea captain in the dressing room and on the training pitch which I continue to do," said Terry.

"If someone said 10 years ago that myself and Robbie would be here in these jobs with a big night in front of us, we would have laughed and joked about it.

"But this is the reality, we realise with Chelsea in our blood what it means to this football club and the fans, and no two other people care about the club more than us.

"What we represent is Chelsea, we need that fiery atmosphere in the dressing room and hopefully everybody feeds off that."

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