CHELSEA captain John Terry said he hoped his team’s dip in form was over after the Blues avoided an early Champions League exit and advanced to the knockout stage as Group E winners with a 3-0 win over Valencia.
Didier Drogba broke the deadlock with a third-minute drive before Ramires prodded home a second, before the Ivorian secured victory when he flicked in a Juan Mata through-ball in the second half.
“We’re obviously delighted” Terry said. “We left it too late in the group but it was a good solid performance and we knew it was going to be very difficult, which it was. It was important we didn’t concede and we did that. We set out with a game plan and we still had to get a second goal. The manager said at half-time that the third one would kill them off completely, which it did. They were deflated after that. Genk was a tough place to go but we’re delighted to be top.
“We had our dip in form in the season and hopefully that’s the end of it. Newcastle [3-0 away win on Saturday] was the building block.”
Double goalscorer Drogba believes the pressure of needing to secure qualification in the final group game worked in Chelsea’s favour.
“There was a lot of pressure but there’s four teams so you have to play until the last day,” the 33-year-old striker said.
“We had the chance to finish top and our attitude was positive. The pressure can sometimes be positive.I’m improving since the last few games. I’ve managed to have more time on the pitch and it’s helping me a lot.”
Arsenal lost 3-1 at Olympiacos in their final Champions League Group F match.