Terry says Chelsea lacked fight against Brentford

LONDON Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:28pm IST

Chelsea's John Terry (top) congratulates Frank Lampard after he was substituted during their English Premier League soccer against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge in London December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Chelsea's John Terry (top) congratulates Frank Lampard after he was substituted during their English Premier League soccer against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge in London December 23, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Eddie Keogh

LONDON (Reuters) - John Terry said Chelsea lacked fight in their recent Cup disappointments and called for the team to "liven up" if they want to play Champions League football next season.

Captain Terry started his first game since returning from a knee injury in the 2-2 draw with third tier Brentford on Sunday and was clearly not impressed.

"It was always going to be hard. The pitch was a bit worse than we thought, but no excuses," Terry told Chelsea TV.

"We're really disappointed, and even though it's great to be back personally, on a team performance we should be winning the game and now we make it difficult for ourselves with a replay.

"We have another game we could do without but we should beat them at the Bridge. I was disappointed because we didn't fight and they wanted it more than us."

Only a late equaliser from Fernando Torres spared Chelsea an embarrassing exit against Brentford following their League Cup semi-final defeat by Swansea City.

Chelsea were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage and are a distant third in the Premier League.

Terry's knee injury meant he has hardly featured since Rafa Benitez replaced Roberto Di Matteo as coach, but now he is back he wants a big improvement against Reading in the Premier League on Wednesday.

"It's disappointing going to Swansea and not scoring over two legs, then being lacklustre (at Brentford)," he said.

"We came (to Brentford) and didn't create too much. Fair play to them, they played well but we need to liven up a bit and realise the importance to the fans and the club.

"Champions League football is a must next season. It's difficult but we have a squad and it's down to the players who come in to rotate and play well."

Goalkeeper Petr Cech and central defender David Luiz are both ruled out for the trip to Reading.

Cech has a calf injury and may return for the match at Newcastle United this weekend but Luiz is expected to miss both games due to a calf problem.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond)

Reuters Showcase

India Crush UAE

India Crush UAE

India cruise to easy win over UAE in Perth.  Read 

Budget 2015

Budget 2015

Full coverage of 2015/16 budget.  Full Coverage 

Sahara Saga

Sahara Saga

Some staff say Sahara has not paid salaries for months   Full Article 

Movie Review

Movie Review

"Dum Laga Ke Haisha" is rooted in reality, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article | Related Story 

Nimoy Dies

Nimoy Dies

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's 'Mr. Spock,' dies at 83.  Full Article 

Gown Returned

Gown Returned

Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscar gown returned by thief via TMZ.  Full Article 

World Cup 2015

World Cup 2015

Full coverage of cricket world cup in Australia and New Zealand.  Full Coverage 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage