Despite a 1-0 lead, Chelsea FC captain John Terry is warning his team-mates to take nothing for granted as they travel to Anfield for their semi-final second leg.
Chelsea FC captain John Terry is warning his team-mates to take nothing for granted as they travel to Anfield for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final with Liverpool FC looking to reach the final for the first time.
Joe Cole's first-half strike at Stamford Bridge earned the English champions the narrowest of leads to take into Tuesday's second leg, but their inspirational centre-back recognises the tie is far from over. "We're happy to get the one-goal lead and it means they will have to come and chase us a little bit in the return," Terry said. "The first-half performance and the way we dominated was very encouraging, but I'm not too sure if we've got the advantage. They're a very good team and the mutual respect is there on both sides."
Chelsea in charge
Despite his determination to ensure his team do not underestimate the task that awaits on Merseyside, Terry does acknowledge that Wednesday's result gives Chelsea the upper hand. "I'd like to think we have the edge, the way we played in the first half," the 26-year-old said. "If you spoke to Liverpool players I'm sure they'd say they could play a little better. Coming here was always going to be tough for them, we made it difficult for them at times but I'm sure they're going to try their best to make it difficult for us up there. They'll be up for it, their fans will be up for it and we need to be on our game."
'It's about now'
In the 2005 semi-final, after a goalless first match in London, Chelsea bowed out of the competition to Luis García's early second-leg goal - with a vibrant Anfield atmosphere widely credited as playing a significant part in Liverpool's success. Terry, however, is not overly concerned with the prospect of a repeat of that experience, saying: "We're very pleased by the first-leg performance, we need to be encouraged and not think too much about last time. A lot of people have been speaking about what happened two years ago but it is not about revenge. That's not on our minds. It's about now."
Contrary to perceived wisdom on the subject, Terry believes the Anfield crowd can actually inspire visiting players. "Last time we went there, we all felt good before the game and hearing the crowd does give you goosebumps," the England international admitted. "It gives you an extra lift. They managed to go through then but we're going there again and we've got the one-goal lead, which we didn't manage to get last time, so we're very pleased. It's about doing the job over two legs. We have won at home and now we need to go there and do the same."