John Terry has praised Chelsea’s team performance after they emerged 1-0 winners from their Champions League semi final first leg tie against Barcelona last night.
Despite spending much of the game on the back foot, a first half Didier Drogba strike the break helped the Blues record a 1-0 over Pep Guardiola’s side, with the second leg at the Nou Camp to come next week.
Terry was full of admiration for Chelsea’s defensive resilience that saw them keep a clean sheet despite Barcelona’s 24 shots on goal, and picked out Drogba for special praise.
"We had to be very patient, I don't think we touched the ball for the first 15 minutes but from Didi on his own up front, the midfield and defence, it was a great team performance," he told ITV.
Drogba was given the nod to start at Stamford Bridge afte he inspired Chelsea’s 5-1 win over Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday.
"Didi is all about these big nights, the big occasions. He put fear into the Spurs defence at the weekend and he did that again tonight,” Terry continued.
"He was up there on his own against some of best defenders in world and he did it brilliantly."
Drogba has been a constant thorn in Barcelona’s side in the two team’s meetings in recent years, but was handed a four game ban, - later reduced to three - for a foul-mouthed rant following Chelsea’s controversial Champions League exit in 2009 at the hands of the Catalan club.
Speaking about the game in 2009 which saw Chelsea exit the competition after Andres Iniesta’s late strike, Drogba believes the Blues have improved in the three years between the two games.
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