Turnbull eyes domestic double
Stand-in keeper Ross Turnbull has urged his Chelsea team-mates to concentrate on domestic matters.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 19/03/10 9:48am
Stand-in keeper Ross Turnbull admits Chelsea's European exit is a disappointment but has urged his team-mates to now concentrate on domestic matters.
The Blues suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Inter Milan at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, knocking them out of the UEFA Champions League via a 3-1 aggregate defeat.
The second-round exit was a blow to former AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was drafted in last summer in a bid to turn Chelsea's European fortunes around.
Back-up keeper Turnbull, currently filling in for injured duo Petr Cech and Henrique Hilario, insists it is time to stop dwelling on the setback and focus on the Premier League and FA Cup.
Turnbull said: "We set out to win the game and go through but it wasn't to be, we didn't perform on the night. We have two other competitions we can still win though, and winning them has to be our aim.
"I was pleased with my performance, that's a positive but I'd much rather us be in the last eight. Every game now is a big one and we have to step up and do our stuff."
Signed from Middlesbrough on a free transfer last summer, Turnbull is bidding for his third consecutive start this weekend as the Blues travel to Blackburn.
However, with Cech and Hilario both back in light training, the 25-year-old is wary of finding himself on the bench at Ewood Park.
"I will always work hard, but it does get frustrating when you train Monday to Friday and on Saturday you're in the stands, it's not easy wanting to get that chance, but I absolutely love it here," Turnbull told Chelsea's official website.
"Training is fantastic every day, they're all world-class players, but every professional wants to play, but equally as a professional you have to stay patient and focused."