Chelsea Captain John Terry believes that his side’s backlog of fixtures could work in their favour as they aim to secure qualification for next year’s Champions League and win this season’s Europa League and FA Cup.
Having defeated Manchester United to reach the FA Cup semi-final, Terry’s team now face at least seven more games in April even if they fail to progress beyond Rubin Kazan in the Europa League but he believes that the club have a strong enough squad to cope with the congestion.
“This is when the strength and depth of our squad will come into play. We, as players, have to be prepared for what is coming up,” he said to Premier League betting news pundits.
Having won the Champions League and FA Cup last season whilst attempting to maintain their league form, Chelsea know better than most how to cope with the demands of competing for silverware at the business end of the season, and Terry is confident that last year’s experiences will help his side this time round.
“We are used to competing on several fronts at this stage in the season and if results go the right way when the fixtures are close together like this, it can be fantastic for building momentum,” he said. “If we can put a run together in all competitions, we could be in a couple of finals and finish in a good position in the League.”
Whilst last season ended in glory for the Blues, it is difficult to see lightning striking twice and a couple of injuries to key players could see their season come off the rails.
If it was not for their Champions League win last season, then Terry’s men would not have qualified for the competition this time round and, if they allow themselves to focus on silverware rather than picking up league points again this year, then Tottenham and Arsenal look a safer bet on football to finish well in the league.