Chelsea captain John Terry attempts to explain his red card against Barcelona
Chelsea’s notorious captain John Terry has publically apologized for his moment of madness against Barcelona which earned him a straight red card. Chelsea will be praying for a miracle once again when they set out to play against either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich at Allainz Arena next month. John Terry red card is of course the epicenter of their problems.
John Terry red card leaves Chelsea with a severe deficiency of defenders. David Luiz, who also failed to appear against Barcelona, could be out of action till the summers. Meanwhile, Gary Cahill’s fate is uncertain too. Gary Cahill picked up an expected injury during the early moments of the game against Barcelona at Nou Camp.
A long list of yellow cards against Barcelona means, Chelsea is already missing a number of key players from their squad. The list includes names like John Mikel Obi and Raul Meireles. Therefore, John Terry red card would act like salt on open wounds for any Chelsea supporter.
John Terry red card came in the 37th minute when the defender drove his knee into the back Alexis Sanchez knee, leaving him withering in pain on the ground. The referee immediately walked over to John Terry red card.
John Terry red card caused a nightmare for the former England captain. Eventually, John Terry had to step out and explain his red card. Nonetheless, John Terry was very apologetic for his rash red card.
“Sanchez was darting in behind me. I've seen the replay and it does look bad,” John Terry told Sky Sports in an interview after the match.
“I'm not that type of player to intentionally hurt anyone. I've raised my knee, which I maybe shouldn't have done in hindsight. But hopefully people who know me as a person, as a player... I'm not that type of player.
“I'm disappointed but delighted for the lads. To come here and play the way they did and get the result they did with 10 men... I feel I've let them down. I've apologized to them and I want to apologize to the fans as well.
“At the time, I was bewildered because I was trying to protect myself a little bit, but looking at it on the replay, I've no complaints. I've let the lads down. They've performed brilliantly, so hopefully this doesn't take it away from the players.”
Barcelona drew first blood just before John Terry red card. However, just before halftime Chelsea came up with a brilliant counter attack to level the score. Barcelona took advantage of Chelsea’s ten men to score another goal when the game resumed. Barcelona needed another goal to step into the finals but it was Chelsea who came up with another goal in injury time to take the score to 2-2. As a result Chelsea won against Barcelona with an aggregate of 3-2.