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Terry issues warning to Chelsea

Chelsea skipper John Terry
Terry scored a late consolation against Roma with just 15 minutes to go

Chelsea skipper John Terry has warned his side that they must show more fighting spirit if they are to reach another Champions League final.

Terry criticised his side after the 3-1 defeat by Roma on Tuesday and hopes the result will give last season's runners-up a "kick up the backside".

"If we are going to perform like that we are going to get nowhere near the Champions League final," he said.

"We didn't show the fight that has got us here over the last few years."

Chelsea's disappointing display against the struggling Italian outfit means their lead at the top of Champions League Group A is cut to just one point with two games remaining.

And Terry says his side must make massive improvements if they are to return to the Stadio Olimpico for the final next May.

"The final is a big target and we want to come back here, but with that kind of performance and work-rate we have no chance," said Terry, who scored a late consolation for his side.

It's true the group is open for all the teams

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari
"We knew they had been struggling for results the last few months and that the pressure was all on them.

"In the first five minutes you could see the tension in their team, but we didn't get out of first gear all night, which is really disappointing.

"Everyone has seen how well we've been playing this season, the movement has been great and we have been fighting for each other.

"When you play anywhere in the world first and foremost you have to fight and show more determination than the opposition to win the game.

"If it comes down to quality, nine times out of 10 we are better than most sides.

"It has to start first and foremost with a desire to win. It was a terrible night for us really. We didn't get going. Overall it was disappointing that we didn't even fight, even after going 1-0 and 2-0 down."

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari admitted he was concerned after seeing his side well beaten.

"When you give away three goals you do worry," he said. "You need to think why was this and what we can do in our next game.

"We gave too many opportunities to Roma. We made too many mistakes, made wrong passes and had bad positions."

But despite the result, which was made worse by the late dismissal of midfielder Deco, the coach remained upbeat about their qualification chances.

"It's true the group is open for all the teams," added Scolari. "All of the groups are difficult. We lost one game and there are other teams behind us.

"But we have to win one game and we are there while other teams might need to win two games.

"We now have two chances to win against Bordeaux and Cluj."

Scolari was also critical of the decision to show Deco a second yellow card with 10 minutes to go for taking a free-kick too quickly.

"I think if one Roma player had done what Deco did they would not have been sent off," he said.

"Nevertheless, I have good quality players in midfield to replace him for our next game."

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