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Neil Robertson hopes UK Championship win can inspire Chelsea

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Neil Robertson hopes he can inspire Chelsea on their big European night against Porto after Blues captain John Terry invited snooker's UK champion to parade his trophy at Stamford Bridge.

The 33-year-old Australian clinched the Betway UK Championship title on Sunday night with a 10-5 triumph over China's Liang Wenbo at York's Barbican Centre.

Afterwards Robertson revealed former England skipper Terry had sent him a mid-match text message, urging him to stay focused and keep his eye on the prize after Robertson made a majestic 147 maximum break in the sixth frame.

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Chelsea fan Robertson is good friends with Terry, and promised to take up the summons to attend Wednesday's Champions League clash with Jose Mourinho's former club. A defeat for Chelsea could send them tumbling out of the competition before the knock-out stage, and pile pressure on manager Mourinho.

"JT texted me after I made the max and said, 'Just keep concentrating and bring the trophy on Wednesday'," Robertson said.

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"He's maybe asked me to do that to motivate the boys, so I'll definitely take the trophy to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, that's the next thing I'm excited about.

"That's not going too well at the moment and it's been quite hard to concentrate on snooker."

Chelsea are floating puzzlingly close to the relegation zone in the Premier League, six months after winning the title, but Robertson understands how it feels to experience an unforeseen slump.

He said: "Only the players know - I had a really lean spell for about 12 months until I won the Champion of Champions title last month.

"There's no specific reason for it, sometimes results just go against you and your opponents play too well. I'm sure they can turn it around and I'll be cheering them on, on Wednesday night."

Along with a £150,000 winner's cheque for his second UK title, Robertson snatched the bonus of £44,000 for achieving the sport's perfect break.

It was the first maximum ever produced in a final of one of snooker's Triple Crown tournaments: the Masters, World Championship or UK.

Asked about the break, Robertson said: "The way I held myself together at the end there, it was an incredible feeling.

"I'm going to have a pretty decent Christmas to say the least. I've got to enjoy this moment, relax and get ready to go again for the Masters."

That comes next month, with Robertson looking to improve on his Masters showing from the start of this year, when he lost 10-2 to Shaun Murphy in the final.

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