Chelsea legend 'honoured' to reach Champions League milestone

John Terry spoke of his pride in reaching 100 Champions League appearances with Chelsea.

The Blues captain led his team to a 1-0 victory in Portugal, with a Nemanja Matic header defeating Sporting CP to take Chelsea atop their group.

Having made his debut in the competition in 2003 as a 22-year-old, he has gone on to consistently reach the latter stages of the tournament, losing one final, and unceremoniously collecting the trophy after the Blues won it despite his absence from the team in 2012.

Tuesday night’s game ended rather fortuitously for the West London club, scraping through to claim the three points despite missing a number of chances to kill the game off, but the victory puts the Blues on four points, controlling the group after only managing a draw in their first fixture.

Despite only winning 1-0, Terry was able to keep a clean-sheet in his historic game, and he told the official Chelsea website how honoured he was to have reached such a record.

The 33-year-old said: "There are not many players who have achieved that so I am very proud.

"I feel great at the moment and I feel very honoured to get that far with Chelsea, having the success over the years, and also to maintain my performances and standards in a very good side.”

To date, 28 players have made 100 appearances or more in the Champions League, and Terry is also one of just 13 to have made them all with the same club. He is 16 games off reaching the list of top 10 appearance makers, a list topped by Ryan Giggs with 151, although Barcelona’s Xavi will likely pass that record this season, with just four games left to reach 152.

Terry will be looking to break into the top 10 in coming seasons, with qualification for the knock-out stage looking assured this year, and European qualification all but guaranteed for the Stamford Bridge club every season.

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