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John Terry has warned Chelsea they can forget any hopes of reaching another Champions League final unless they start to show more fighting spirit.

The Chelsea skipper bemoaned their lack of battling qualities as the Blues were sent crashing to a 3-1 Group A defeat by struggling Roma on Tuesday night.

Terry, who scored Chelsea's consolation goal 15 minutes from time, forecast they had no chance of returning to the Stadio Olimpico in May if they continued to try to "stroll" through games. He said: "If we are going to perform like that we are going to get nowhere near the Champions League final."

He added: "The final is a big target and we want to come back here in May, but with that kind of performance and work-rate we have no chance.

"Everyone has seen how well we've been playing this season, the movement has been great and we have been fighting for each other.

"When you play anywhere in the world first and foremost you have to fight and show more determination than the opposition to win the game.

"If it comes down to quality, nine times out of 10 we are better than most sides.

"It has to start first and foremost with a desire to win. It was a terrible night for us really. We didn't get going. Overall it was disappointing that we didn't even fight, even after going 1-0 and 2-0 down.

"We didn't show the fight and desire that has got us here over the last few years. Lately we haven't conceded goals but we conceded three.

"That doesn't happen normally, but we didn't show the fight to get back into the game. We just sort of strolled and came here thinking we were better than them when clearly we were not. Hopefully we can move on from here."

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