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‘Not that kind of player’: JT apologises for red card

John Terry is continuing an unbelievable defence of his action against Alexis Sanchez.

Image: MANU FERNANDEZ/AP/Press Association Images

JOHN TERRY HAS admitted he let Chelsea down after seeing red and during his side’s 2-2 draw against Barcelona last night.

However, Terry insisted his dismissal must not tarnish the celebrations after the Blues booked themselves a place in the Champions League final with a 3-2 aggregate win over the Spanish champions.

Terry was handed a straight red card in the 37th minute after kneeing Alexis Sanchez in the back during a collision, which now means the 31-year-old is suspended for the final in Munich next month.

“Sanchez was darting in behind me at the time. I’ve seen the replay and it does look bad but I’m not the kind of player to intentionally hurt anyone,” Terry told Sky Sports.

“I’ve raised my knee which maybe I shouldn’t have done in hindsight. Hopefully the people out there who know me as a player and a person know I’m not that kind of player.

“I feel like I’ve let my team-mates down and I’ve apologised to them and I want to apologise to the Chelsea fans as well.

“No, I don’t have any complaints about the red card. At the time I was bewildered because I was trying to protect myself a little bit but looking at it on the replay it does look like a red card.

“No complaints having seen the replay. As I’ve said I’ve let the lads down but they’ve performed brilliantly so hopefully this doesn’t take anything away from their performance and the way they worked together as a team.”

Chelsea seemed out of it just before half-time, as goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta either side of Terry’s red card looked to have put the tie beyond Roberto Di Matteo’s men.

However, Ramires raced on to a fine Frank Lampard through-ball to lob Victor Valdes and give Chelsea a glimmer of hope going into the interval.

And when Lionel Messi missed a penalty early in the second half it seemed that it might just be Chelsea’s day, a suspicion that was confirmed when Fernando Torres scored a breakaway goal in the final minute to seal a dramatic victory.

Terry believes the club fully deserve their place in the Champions League final and hailed his side’s turnaround in the second half of the season.

“Obviously I’m disappointed but absolutely delighted for the lads to come here and perform they way they did and get that result with 10 men,” he said.

Personal note

“The lads deserve to be there and it is massive and so important for the football club. Three or four months ago no-one would have predicted we would be in this position so I am delighted.

“On a personal note of course I am disappointed to miss the final but believe me it is what this football club deserves.

“We deserve to be in the Champions League final. We have had a bit of luck along the way in this competition so far and long may that continue. The boys were absolutely excellent.”

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