John Terry and Willian, who were both involved in last night’s 2-0 win over Porto, have been reflecting on a result which saw us qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League as winners of Group G.
The Blues produced one of our best performance of the season against the Portuguese side and ran out worthy winners courtesy of a goal in each half.
We took the lead early on when Ivan Marcano put through his own net after Iker Casillas had denied Diego Costa, and Willian added a second shortly after half-time – his seventh goal of the season – when he finished off an impressive team move with a powerful low strike.
‘I’m very happy; we played well, played with confidence and deserved to finish top of the group so I have to say congratulations to the team,’ said the Brazilian.
‘The manager spoke to us and gave us the confidence to play that way, now we have to continue like that in the league.
‘It was a good performance, not only by me but the whole team, and I was very happy with my goal.’
With the draw for the last 16 of the competition to come on Monday, Willian is confident we possess the quality to progress further in the competition.
‘Of course, we have to turn the situation around but in the Champions League we’ve played well,’ he added. ‘We have to go step by step, we have some great players and we’ve been a bit unlucky but we have to continue to fight.
‘We know the Champions League is very difficult but I think we have a great chance of staying in it until the end.’
John Terry returned to the side having not been involved since picking up an injury in our away game against Maccabi Tel Aviv a fortnight ago.
The team defended well as a unit, keeping a fourth clean sheet in five matches, and the captain hopes that with European football now on hold until February, we can kick on in the league.
‘It was very important,’ said the skipper. ‘With our league form the way it is at the moment the fans needed that and the players certainly did. We produced a real big performance in a big game, we needed to top the group and we have done. We’re delighted and all round it was excellent.
‘In the league we’ve been lacking a bit of confidence but in the Champions League we’ve been scoring goals, winning games and as we showed last night looking very fluent and dangerous.
‘Hopefully we can take that into our league form. We go to Leicester on Monday, which will be tough because they’re playing well, but if we can play like we did against Porto we’ve got a good chance of pushing up the league.
‘We’re delighted to be in the draw, I think there will be a lot of teams fearing us. Let’s see what comes our way.’