LONDON: John Terry has challenged his Chelsea team-mates to put their painful Champions League defeat against Paris Saint Germain behind them when they resume their Premier League title challenge against Southampton on Sunday.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho responded to the frustrating midweek loss to 10-man PSG by declaring his confidence in his players’ ability to bounce back after their bid for European success came to an abrupt halt.
And his squad can justify that faith by tightening their grip at the top of the table with victory over Ronald Koeman’s side at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho’s men are five points clear of second-placed Manchester City having played a game less than their nearest rivals.
But the visit of a Southampton side aiming for a top four spot will provide a test of Chelsea’s resilience as the Blues attempt to add the English title to their League Cup triumph earlier this month.
And Chelsea captain Terry admits there was no time for the players to feel sorry for themselves if they are to maintain their title bid.
“We have to pick ourselves up and go again at the weekend because it’s another big game against a very good Southampton side,” Terry said.
“We’ve got the League Cup out of the way, that’s in our pocket, and now the Premier League is all we’ve got.
“It’s a massive one to go for, we’re a few points clear and we need to keep that gap. We can only do that by responding and picking up three points at the weekend.
“We can’t stay down because Southampton will come here on the front foot, they’re playing well and if we’re not at it we’ll drop points.” (AFP)