The Courier-Mail

Blues leader Terry happy to be here


AFTER watching bits of the ALeague in the UK, John Terry is expecting a high standard of football when Chelsea play Sydney FC at a sold-out ANZ Stadium tomorrow night.

And judging by what greeted them at the airport, the club’s skipper is also anticipati­ng a passionate crowd.

Chelsea’s stars were overwhelme­d by the reception they received as they touched down in Sydney from Bangkok, where they beat a Thailand All Stars side 1-0 at the same time the Sky Blues were playing Tottenham.

Terry’s team will prepare for their final game of the season by watching videos of Sydney’s clash with Spurs.

“It’s going to be huge,” Terry said.

“Obviously we’ve watched little bits and a couple of players have come this way from the UK. We’ll watch the game they played against Spurs to get a better feel, but we know the standard is going to be very good and it’s going to be good in front of a very big and hostile crowd, supporting both sides I’m sure.

“When you do see the games and you look at the stadiums and fans, it’s very passionate, very much like the English supporters as well.

“It’s going to be a real delight for us to be here, firstly, but also to experience that atmosphere. We experience­d a small percentage of that at the airport.”

The last time the English giants visited Australia was 41 years ago and Terry said the team was happy to be back after so long.

“It’s a long time since the club’s been here, so we’re delighted as a group of players to be here,” Terry said.

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PUMPED: John Terry.

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