JOHN TERRY has highlighted his loyalty to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and insisted that Managers will come and go.
The Stamford Bridge captain insists the old Blues spirit is alive and kicking after a week of dramatic fightbacks.
In another season of turmoil, Chelsea found themselves needing two goals in 45 minutes to stay in both the FA Cup and Europa League.
And Terry says the fact they made it happen against Manchester United and Steaua Bucharest shows their will to win still outweighs all the problems of Rafa Benitez’s reign as boss.
“We’ll work hard under Benitez and fight for this club. Managers will come and go, players will come and go.
“But the things that will always remain are the fans and this football club. We need to cement what Chelsea Football Club is about.
“We showed great character against United and Bucharest. One thing you say about the club and the players here is we’re mentally very strong.
“We’ve dealt with ups and downs season after season and we’ll always remain together.
“You talk about togetherness but when you go 2-0 down at Manchester United then you see the real team spirit.
“Nine times out of 10 other teams would throw the towel in.
“We must give these fans something to cheer and fight for. We’ve put ourselves throughin the Europa League, we’re still in the FA Cup.
“We don’t have a chance of winning the league but have to fight for a Champions League spot because we know how much it means to the owner and the fans.
“And they are the most important things to me.”
Terry is not shy of playing on his popularity with the Blues supporters who have given interim boss Benitez so much grief.
He admits he has not played as often as he would have liked under the Spaniard since returning from injury.
After the international break following yesterday’s 2 – 0 derby derby win over West Ham, Chelsea face four games in a week, although three of them are at home.
On Saturday March 30 they visit Southampton in the league before their FA Cup quarter-final replay with United on Monday April 1.
Then on Thursday they host Rubin Kazan in the Europa League’s last eight and have a Prem game against Sunderland on Saturday April 6.
Chelsea may yet salvage something from what looked liked a wreck of a season.
The Question is, Can they?