Having drawn the first leg of their semi-final tie 0-0 in Madrid last week, the London outfit were supposed to be the favourites heading into the second leg. And they did take the lead at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, thanks to Fernando Torres’ deflected effort on 36 minutes.
However, Atletico staged a comeback thereafter and eventually won the contest – and the tie – 3-1 to book their place in the final of Europe’s premier club competition where they will face their city-rivals Real Madrid.
After the match Terry was caught crying, having squandered the chance to play in the final yet again. In the 2011-12 season, the 33-year-old centre-back did lift the Champions League trophy, but he was suspended for the final, having been sent off against Barcelona in the last four. Back in 2008 when Chelsea took on Manchester United in the final in Moscow, the former England international failed to convert his penalty during the shootout.
Former Manchester United and Wales midfielder Robbie Savage has now come down harsh on Terry and claims that he has no sympathy for the veteran defender. In his column for The Mirror, the 39-year-old explained that although the 33-year-old has had been a brilliant season for Chelsea, he has no one else but himself to blame if he fails to play in a Champions League final again in his career.
‘Shed no tears for John Terry – he has had his chances to lift the European Cup and, one way or another, he has missed them’, wrote former Leicester City and Derby County player Savage. ‘And much as I enjoy the theatre that Jose Mourinho brings to English football, I will have little sympathy for him if his Chelsea side finish this season without a trophy. In the fall-out from the Blues’ Champions League semi-final heartbreak against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, there was no shortage of pity for Terry when his disappointment dissolved into tears.
‘Let me say, first and foremost, that Terry has had a fantastic season - I thought he should have been in the PFA Team of the Year, along with his defensive sidekick Gary Cahill - but if he never gets another chance to win a Champions League Final, he will only have himself to blame.
‘It was nobody else’s fault that he missed the penalty which would have won the European Cup in the shoot-out against Manchester United in Moscow six years ago. And it was nobody else’s fault that he got himself sent off stupidly in the semi-final against Barcelona so he was suspended when Chelsea went on to win the Holy Grail in 2012 [and he joined captain-for-the-night Frank Lampard in accepting the trophy]. I don’t agree with those who say Terry deserves to lift the European Cup. To deserve that, you have to help win it first. And to help win it, you have to be eligible to play in the match’.