BLUES TASTE DANISH DELIGHT
John Terry wants Chelsea to prove they are ‘probably’ still good enough to win the English Premier League after their Danish delight.
The Blues edged towards the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a comfortable 2-0 first leg win in their last 16 clash with FC Copenhagen on Tuesday night.
Nicolas Anelka, preferred to Didier Drogba as partner to Fernando Torres, scored both goals in the shadows of the Carlsberg brewery.
And Terry believes the performance is ‘probably’ good enough to get Chelsea’s stuttering season going again.
“It is a good lift, winning does that and you can see the buzz in the dressing room,” Terry told Sky Sports News.
“It is important we continue this run, this could be the start of it.
“The manager said we are not dead yet and there are a number of games to be played and points to play for and we are not dead yet.”
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has challenged his Champions League winners to repeat the trick against Manchester United in next Tuesday night’s big EPL game.
Tottenham’s defeat at Blackpool on Tuesday means Chelsea are back in the hunt for a Champions League spot with a top four EPL finish.
“We don’t have to be happy for Tottenham’s defeat, but it was good news for us,” said Ancelotti.
“Now we have to play against United and try and put in the same performance. We had a lot of motivation for this game, but now we have to continue it.
“United will be a fantastic opportunity for us to maintain the same level of football.”
ENGLAND CAN DOMINATE EUROPE SAYS FERGIE
Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has claimed England can rule Europe this season – and he’s backing his team to paint London red in May.
Fergie’s side face Marseilles in France on Wednesday night looking to build on their march to another English Premier League title.
With the Champions League final set for Wembley in May, Ferguson is desperate to do another domestic and European double.
But he won’t be surprised if another English club gets to the London final as Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs maintain their own CL hopes.
Spurs and Arsenal are just 90 minutes away from the quarter-finals after wins over AC Milan and Barcelona last week while Chelsea sent out a message with a 2-0 victory away to Copenhagen on Tuesday night.
“I am not sure you could call it domination at the moment because we are only just into the last 16,” said Ferguson.
“But in the last four years English teams have been very powerful. The success rate for getting through to the latter stages is very good and it could happen again.
“The Premier League is very tough, with a lot of talented players. That has created a level over the last seven or eight years that is very difficult to match.”
Ferguson also wants Paul Scholes to follow the Ryan Giggs lead and sign a new contract with Manchester United.
The 36-year-old Scholes has yet to decide on his future despite the offer of a new deal from Fergie.
His close pal Gary Neville has already retired from professional football while Giggs has signed on for another year with the EPL leaders.
“I am more than hopeful about Paul signing another contract,” said Ferguson.
“I think he should. His fitness isn’t in question. I think Paul feels he has to play all the games.
“It is not a bad thing to be that way but at his age, that is impossible.
“But he can still play a big part for Manchester United, this season and next.”