Champions League: Chelsea captain John Terry determined to reach final
Chelsea captain John Terry is determined to overcome Atletico Madrid and reach the Champions League final.
Last Updated: 30/04/14 4:38pm
Terry has shaken off an ankle injury sustained during last week's goalless firs leg in Spain and will lead his side at Stamford Bridge tonight.
Chelsea are playing in the semi-finals of the tournament for the seventh time in 10 years and are attempting to reach their third final, where manager Jose Mourinho's former side Real Madrid await.
"Every year we have games like this, that mean a lot to us as players, and it certainly doesn't make us any less determined to get to the final," said Terry.
"Our aim at the start of every season is to get to the final, as players you want to play in the Champions League final. That's my aim and that's the aim of the players right from the word go."
The former England skipper was a beaten finalist in 2008 when he missed a crucial penalty and was suspended when Chelsea lifted the trophy two years ago in Munich.
"I did think that the Moscow final against Manchester United six years ago was my last chance in the Champions League, if I'm honest," Terry admitted.
"Then the opportunity came about again and I ended up missing it. But I was just happy in Munich in 2012 that the players and fans got what they deserved, and we got our hands on the trophy.
"I don't think football owes me anything, it's about making it happen. We've done it before but we've had disappointments as well, and when you do get your hands on the trophy it lives with you every day.
"There's nothing bigger than the Champions League and I'm always determined.
"It meant an awful lot to me that night [the 2012 final], playing or not playing. I had surgery on my knee before the Napoli game, came back, scored a goal and played a big part. When I look back I feel I certainly had a part to play, on the pitch and in the dressing room.
"We want to win the game, that's where we want to be, in these big finals. In these big games you don't need to say too much. With the bigger games it tends to be a quieter dressing room because of concentration levels. The players know full well what tonight means, for us, the manager and the fans.
"After Munich I wasn't thinking too far ahead, I was just happy the fans got what they deserved, and the players as well.
"We're back here again and every year the desire from the squad is exceptional. You look at the ones who have been here a long time - Pete, Ash, Lamps - it means the world to us all, so when the new players do come in it's important they know we train hard every day. That resolve and determination comes firstly from the manager, but also from ourselves as players.
"I'm glad it's come around again and hopefully we can make another final which, in itself, would be a great achievement."
You can watch Chelsea v Atletico Madrid live on Sky Sports 1HD from 7pm