Former England captain John Terry has called for his Chelsea team to man up if they want to get anything out of their season.
After winning the Premier League and the FA Cup last year, Chelsea were hoping to challenge for more silverware this time round, but after a good start to the season they have faded away.
Now 12 points off the pace in the title race and out of both domestic cups, Chelsea go into tonight’s last 16 Champions League clash against FC Copenhagen knowing that only a victory will be good enough.
Terry admits finishing fourth and qualifying for next year’s Champions League is a priority, but at the moment the club are sitting 5th and are horribly out of form.
John Terry insists Chelsea’s squad need to ‘man up’ if they want to rescue their season.
“We’ve underachieved this season – now’s the time to kick on in the Champions League. At the start of the season our aim was to retain the League and the FA Cup,” said the Chelsea captain.
“Now we have to man up a bit and take responsibility, to look at our form and character and deliver.
“I’ve been at Chelsea for a long time and lived through the good and the bad times – and this season has been difficult at times.
“Everyone gets frustrated when we’re not winning. But that proves we’ve still got the hunger and desire.
“It has been stressful and there have been times when I have struggled to sleep.
“It was terrible when we missed out on the Premier League for three years and United won it and that’s when I lose sleep, watching other teams lift trophies.
“It will be a disaster if we don’t qualify for the Champions League next season and we owe it to the club and to the fans to improve our position in the Premier League.
“Mathematically we are probably out of the title race, but we can still have a big say in it by beating Manchester United next week.
“The worst thing to think about is looking at how well Spurs and Manchester City are playing. It’s hard to get my head around that one.
“We’ve still got a small chance of the title and we’re going to keep fighting.
“If we lose to United it could be over but then we’ll have to fight for a place in the top three.
“A lot of people have written us off and said this team is finished. But I feel 100 per cent different.
“I heard the same thing when we went through a bad spell last year and no one apologised for that after we won the Double.
“We’re a year older but that doesn’t take away from the quality we have.”