John Terry reflects on perfect comeback against PSG

06:58 09 April 2014

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Chelsea's John Terry reaching the Champions League semi finals. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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Chelsea captain John Terry hailed the team’s character after the Blues pulled off the perfect comeback against Paris Saint-Germain to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Strikes from substitutes Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba steered Jose Mourinho’s side, 3-1 down in the quarter-final from the first leg in France, to the 2-0 home victory sufficient to send them through on away goals, with the tie finishing 3-3 on aggregate.

Ba’s close-range effort bundled over the line with only three minutes of normal time remaining at a nervy Stamford Bridge.

And defender Terry told ITV following the final whistle: “I think everyone probably doubted that we would do it.

“But I think we showed great character, great desire and will to fight no matter what, and it paid off.”

Asked if he felt the game had been slipping away when it was still 1-0, Terry said: “No - I thought at 1-0 we always had a chance.

“We worked a lot all week on scenarios - 1-0, 2-0, 3-1, what would we do if Demba came on. We planned to hit the big man and he has scored a great goal.

“For every scenario, we had a gameplan and once again we got it right.

“This competition means a lot to us.

“The manager has been very successful and in terms of the club, we have experienced it once (winning the Champions League, in 2012) and had disappointments over the years as well.

“It keeps you fighting and keeps you believing as well.

“That one time winning it - believe me, it is the best feeling ever. And nights like tonight, when big players have put in big performances, that is what we live for.”

Regarding his goal, striker Ba said: “It happened so quickly.

“I was on the floor, just looked at the goal and I saw the ball was in the net. It was a big joy for everyone.

“I just do what I have to do when I get chances. I haven’t had many this season but it’s okay.”

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