Chelsea star denies David Bernstein snub

11:55 07 May 2012

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Chelsea's John Terry celebrates with the FA Cup

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John Terry revealed he shook the FA chairman’s hand

Chelsea skipper John Terry is delighted to have picked up yet another FA cup trophy and is honest enough to admit their 2-1 win over Liverpool was tough going.

The Reds were convinced that they had equalised through Andy Carroll’s bullet header, but Terry thinks otherwise.

“I knew the header wasn’t in,” he said

“Petr obviously made a great save and Iva cleared it off the line. But I was honest enough after the semi-final (Mata) to say it wasn’t a goal and that wasn’t a goal either today.

Terry was worried that had the ref Phil Dowd given Carroll’s effort then the day could have turned out differently.

“Andy is obviously a difficult opponent,” admitted the Chelsea skipper.

“And he proved to be a handful when he came on. I felt if they had got the second they would have had the momentum to go on and win it in extra time. We dug in like we always do and fought right to the death.

Terry acknowledges, the superb form of Cech in the Blues’ hunt for glory this season.

“I think Petr is the best goalie in the world at the moment.

“I said in my programme notes as well how he has been excellent for us all season. He has made some really important saves throughout this competition and the league as well. You look at Didier for his goal and what he has done on the Wembley turf – big players step up on big occasions and Didier and Petr did that.

Speaking of Drogba, Terry eulogies over his goal-scoring machine teammate.

 

“ I hope Didier is back next season to score more goals for us,” said Terry.

“It would be such a shame if he left because he has been incredible for this football club. “Throughout the world when people look at Chelsea, they look at Didier, Lampard and these kind of players. They are Chelsea and Didier loves the club. We obviously have a massive Champions League Final in two weeks but hopefully after that something can be flushed out and he stays.

Terry is the first captain to win the Fa Cup four times, Didier the first to score in four finals and Ashley Cole the first to win seven medals, are those records ever likely to be beaten, Terry was asked.

“I’m not sure Ash’s will be,” he suggested.

“I mean it’s been so long since someone lifted it four times as well. They are incredible personal achievements for us. When you look at Ash – seven times – it’s way beyond anyone else. It is a real good stat for him. He had some great times at Arsenal and even better here.”

Terry gave a glimpse into the club’s mentality and their single-minded approach to football.

“When you get together for pre-season you aim to be in competitions till the end and we are. We have fought very hard in the competition. Birmingham took us to a replay, which is very tough and it was Robbie’s first game in charge as well. The togetherness from then onwards has been incredible and Robbie deserves a lot of credit for that.

In the search for Premier League and Champions League glory, it might be natural for the FA cup to be overlooked as a priority, but Terry is having none of that.

 

“No, no chance. Not with the way Robbie has memories of this competition and myself personally. The football club as well. Growing up it is what I lived for, it was probably in front of the League (at that point). That has probably turned a little bit, but when I was younger the FA Cup was probably the biggest competition in world football. We grew up with that. We have a good base of players and the foreign players when they arrive know how much it means to the football club.

The Blues captain also hailed interim head coach Roberto Di Matteo and hopes that, by winning in the Champions League final, his team can make it virtually impossible not to pick the Italian.

Terry said:” He has been incredible. It is a decision the board is going to make, but hopefully with this win, we can go on and achieve greatness in this football club. We can make it very easy for the board. He has been exceptional.

 

Terry was asked if he had snubbed FA chief David Bernstein when he went up to collect the FA Cup trophy - Terry was stripped of then England captaincy over the controversy surrounding an alleged racist incident against Antonio Ferdinand in Chelsea’s league match against Chelsea in October, a charge Terry denies.

“No I didn’t, Terry said.

“I shook his hand before the game and not had a problem. I saw him the tunnel before and shook his hand on the pitch before the game. I think we shook hands up there at the presentation.

“People are trying to make mountains out of molehills. I’ve not got a problem with the FA and I have said that before. Clearly on a personal note I was disappointed with losing the England captaincy, but it was not Mr Bernstein’s fault or anyone else’s fault. It is a decision they have taken collectively and I accept that. I am now looking forward to the Euro’s, if selected.

 Suspended for the Champions League final, Terry is nevertheless intending to give his all for the Chelsea cause and if they win, he will be there to lift the trophy.

“I hope so,” he added. “It’s moments like that which are going to live in the history of this football club and it is important myself and Frank are there lifting the trophy.”

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