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JOHN TERRY has warned Chelsea’s Europa League campaign can’t be allowed to wreck their top-four quest.
The Blues drop into Europe’s second-string competition after a humiliating failure to defend their Champions League crown.
After becoming the first London club to lift the trophy, Chelsea became the first holders to exit the competition at the group stage.
That forced them to accept the consolation of a tilt at the Europa League – and with it a steady diet of Thursday night football.
And that means Rafael Benitez’s side will now be playing a lot more Premier League games on a Sunday provided they progress past Sparta Prague.
Terry said: “We’re now in the Europa League and there’s one message – we have to go and win it. It’s as simple as that.
“We have to make sure that we’re switched on in European weeks because games will be coming on Thursdays and Sundays, which is a different situation for us.
“We must make sure after those European matches we come back and win our League fixtures.
“A lot of the time we are going to be a game behind teams around us by the time we play.”
Interim manager Benitez has been told the priority is to deliver a top-four finish above any cup success.
But after a disastrous season, Chelsea cannot afford any more blows to
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