Chelsea are rejuvenated for Maccabi trip: Terry

LONDON • John Terry believes Chelsea's fortunes could be changing at a timely moment as the struggling Premier League champions travel to Israel with the prospect of securing qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Chelsea captain was in an upbeat mood after the side's 1-0 Premier League win over Norwich City on Saturday relieved some pressure on the London giants.

He feels that the win could help re-energise their season, starting with a victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv today which would secure Chelsea's qualification from Group G should Porto not lose to Dynamo Kiev on the same night.

"We have three points on the board now in the Premier League and switch focus to the Champions League again," Terry told Chelsea TV.

"With that in mind and the importance of qualifying it's all there for everyone to go and do.

"We're delighted to win. Hopefully, we can go on a good run of games and get another win in the Champions League on Tuesday."

Qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League would represent further welcome respite and Maccabi, who are bottom of Group G, should hold few concerns.

But Chelsea will have to endure playing in a country racked by violence - with five people killed in Palestinian attacks on Israelis on Thursday.

The home side come into the match off a 3-0 away league win over Hapoel Haifa. The victory moved them back to the top of the Israeli Premier League.

Yet, they have found themselves out of their depth in the Champions League.

The prolific Eran Zahavi registered his 100th league goal at the weekend, and he is their main hope to fashion an upset against Jose Mourinho's side.

"It's realistic to hope for points against Chelsea. It's our time to go all out, we have nothing to lose in the Champions League," he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2015, with the headline 'Chelsea are rejuvenated for Maccabi trip: Terry'. Print Edition | Subscribe