John Terry Faces a Repeat of Moscow Nightmare

Luzhniki Stadium Moscow

Chelsea’s John Terry returns to the scene of that infamous penalty miss against Manchester United this afternoon in the Europa League.

He’s been used sparingly by Rafa Benitez when he’s been fit but John Terry is likely to lead Chelsea out against Rubin Kazan as they look to progress in the Europa League and secure a second European trophy in as many years.

The match later takes place in the same stadium where Terry missed a penalty in 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United, a penalty which would have won his side the final.

A lot has happened since then but Terry could well have that occasion in the back of his mind, if Chelsea can’t get the better of Rubin over the course of the 90 minutes and extra time.

He’s moved on and he was very unfortunate on that occasion against United because firstly, he slipped which changed the way he struck the ball and secondly, he still nearly scored as the ball cracked against the post.

Chelsea go into the game with a two goal advantage having won the first leg at Stamford Bridge 3-1, which gives them the advantage and means they are through if they can keep a clean sheet or concede only one goal.

Terry has enough experience that if it comes down to it, he’ll step up and take a spot kick for his side and Rafa Benitez has already confirmed that Terry will be one of the people he asks to handle the pressure in that situation.

The penalty miss in 2008 is something which has been with him ever since but the memory of it has been eased slightly by the fact Chelsea won the Champions League final last season against Bayern Munich.

It’s something which still gets him a lot of stick from Manchester United supporters all over the world, with United fans even creating a chant to commemorate the occasion.

Rather than Chelsea fans being worried about their skipper becoming daunted by the situation, they should be very confident that he will put in a composed and effective performance which will help his side win the match.

Chelsea are the favourites to win this tournament and they will have to play very badly this afternoon for the match to even get close to penalty kicks.

If it does reach that point and Terry is forced to step up and face the memory of one of his worst ever nights in professional sport, then Chelsea really only have themselves to blame for letting the tie get to that point.

Chelsea fans, are you be worried about Terry taking a penalty?

 

image: © Pavel "KoraxDC" Kazachkov

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