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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 06:44 GMT 07:44 UK
Terry braced for guard of honour
John Terry in action for Chelsea
John Terry will lead the Chelsea plaudits for Man Utd
Chelsea captain John Terry admits it will be tough to lead a guard of honour for newly-crowned champions Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

United afforded Chelsea a similar accolade at Old Trafford two years ago.

And Terry said: "Jose Mourinho has said already they will get the guard of honour which they did to us.

"Looking at some faces, it could not have been nice. We have to go through that and we fully respect them as players and individuals."

We now desperately want the Premiership title back

Chelsea captain John Terry

Terry added: "We will do that holding our heads up high."

Chelsea, who were last top of the Premiership in October last year, ran out of steam as they chased success on four fronts.

Having won the Carling Cup in February, Chelsea were hoping to land an unprecedented quadruple but a defeat in the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool put paid to that dream.


Their hopes of winning a third successive title were then wrecked by Arsenal and Terry admitted: "It is obviously very disappointing, when you look at the season as a whole.

"We played really well at Arsenal, especially with 10 men and were unlucky not to have been able to push Manchester United right to the wire in the end. But it was not to be.

"They are champions, and congratulations to them for that. They have been very good this year.

"You look at Man Utd, and their games - Everton away, Man City away - and expected them maybe to slip up in one of those games, but the one they did was against Middlesbrough at home the week before.

"It was similar with us, against Bolton at home - we were expected to win and then have a difficult game at Arsenal, which we did.

"The games we thought we would win and the ones we thought Man Utd would win, did not go that way.

"There was a little bit of a twist at the end but unfortunately we are not there.

"We want to get it back as soon as possible. It is the target for our whole squad and over the past few years that has been our main one.

"The Champions League was disappointing again this year, but we now desperately want the Premiership title back and we will be fighting again next year.

"I am sure they will sign players and strengthen again, a lot of teams will, but we will certainly push them all the way again.

"We will get the season over and then can fully assess it. No-one can take anything away from Man Utd.

"They have been awesome and some of their players have been fantastic this year. But from our point of view it was all very disappointing."

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