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Di Matteo welcomes return to fitness of Chelsea captain Terry

Chelsea caretaker boss Roberto di Matteo feels they're stronger with a fully fit John Terry available.

Terry has recovered from a serious knee problem.

Di Matteo declared: "It's great for the team if he's available. He's our leader, our skipper and a very important player.

"Going forward, with these very important games coming up, it's important I have everyone available. It's great news.

"I've had a good relationship with my players at previous clubs.

"That's the case here as well. We talk and have conversations. That's how it is. We exchange opinions. Eventually I make my own decisions. But we do speak and I listen to what they think. Ultimately, though, it's my responsibility to pick the players and the tactics for every game.

"How am I going to cope? I will still get up in the morning, have a coffee, have my lunch, my dinner and get on with my life as normal. At any club, there's pressure to achieve certain targets. It's always there.

"If you can't handle it or don't want it, you should not be in this job."

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