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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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