By Coral Barry
John Terry has claimed Chelsea will be feared by Europe’s elite in the Champions League knock-out stages.
The Blues booked their place in the round of 16 with an assured 2-0 win at home against Porto on Wednesday night.
Captain Terry returned for the victory after being sidelined with an ankle injury for the club’s two previous matches and spoke with confidence about how far the 2012 Champions League winners can go in the tournament.
“We’re delighted and lot of team will be fearing us,” he told BT Sport afterwards. “We will see what comes our way. If we can continue form like that this then it can be a springboard.”
The result means Chelsea topped their group and comes just a few days after the Blues suffered their eighth Premier League defeat of the season at home to Bournemouth.
Terry acknowledged that the Londoners needed to produce a good display and looked ahead to the club’s Premier League clash next Monday, where Chelsea will face off against league leaders Leicester City.
“With our league form being as it is, the fans needed this performance and the players needed it. We gave a big performance, we’re delighted.
“In the league I think we have lacked a bit of confidence but not in the Champions League. We have been fluent and dangerous and we saw that again tonight. Now we go to Leicester on Monday, which will be difficult, but we need to try and replicate this performance.”
Chelsea are marooned in 14th place in the Premier League with 15 points, just two points above the relegation zone.