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Terry: Chelsea fans only want me to play well

Chelsea captain John Terry says he's focusing everything towards his football after a difficult few weeks.

Terry has delivered trademark defiant performances in recent games despite the off-field traumas of the last few weeks.

He told The Sun: "I'm responding by doing what I've always done - by looking straight ahead. I've got broad shoulders and nobody's going to knock me out of my stride."

The central defender firmly believes Chelsea supporters care only about what he does on the pitch and admits he owes them a huge debt of gratitude for their continued loyalty.

The Chelsea skipper added: "There's a shirt on my wall at home - the shirt I wore when I missed that penalty against Manchester United in the Champions League final.

"It's there as a daily reminder to me of what I'm striving for. I won't rest until it's replaced by a winner's shirt - that's my pledge to every Chelsea fan who has stood by me and still believes in me as a player and as their club's captain.

"They have been brilliant, their support has been overwhelming and I desperately want to give them the glory they deserve. We may be playing the Special One tonight, but those fans are the real special ones."

Terry admitted: "People talk about setting an example - and believe me, out on the pitch, that's all I want to do, whether it's for Chelsea or England.

"I firmly believe fans want to judge me on the one thing I expect to be judged on - my football - and that's all I could ever ask for.

"It's their right, they pay to see me play, and I owe it to them to always give it my best. Which I absolutely will. Tonight and every week."

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