Chelsea captain John Terry, who was sidelined during both of the Blues' Champions League and Europa League victories, is itching to make up for his absences with a strong showing in Europe this season, reports The London Evening Standard.
The centre-back was forced to sit out Chelsea's inaugural 2012 Champions League success in Bayern Munich's own backyard, and was once again condemned to bench-warming misery as interim boss Rafael Benitez led the west London club to Europa League glory at the end of last season.
In addition to his heart-breaking penalty miss against Manchester United in Moscow, Terry claims his no-show in both triumphs is making him more determined than ever to lift a piece of European silverware with his beloved club.
“That’s obviously the target for me [to play in a successful European final with Chelsea]. I played in one final and was very disappointed in Moscow but delighted for the side to go on and win it the way we did. But as an individual you want to be playing in those moments," he said.
Returning manager Jose Mourinho has started John Terry in every Premier League fixture this campaign, but it appears uncertain who will line up alongside the captain in tonight's Champions League Group E clash with Schalke in Gelsenkirchen.
Gary Cahill and David Luiz have both impressed in flashes this season, but neither defender has staked their claim for a regular starting role in the centre of Mourinho's back four.
However, Terry insists both players have the right tools to cement themselves a spot in the side.
“They’re both great centre-halves. Gary has grown since he arrived at Chelsea and really kicked on with England as well. He’s great on the ball, good in the air and scores important goals.
“David has unbelievable ability, reads the game really well, is great with both feet, finds a pass and scores some unbelievable goals. They both possess top, top quality. We get on very well off the field, and push each other like I did when it was those two starting regularly last season. It’s down to others to push hard and get in the team, and down to myself and David, if we’re playing, to play well and keep our shirts.”
After losing his cool during the Premier League match against Cardiff on Saturday, Mourinho must respond to a charge of improper conduct before 6pm Thursday.
However as tonight's match is European fixture, the self-appointed 'Special One' is free to take his seat in the dugout at the Veltins-Arena.
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