Chelsea captain John Terry has no regrets making his “tired” comments about Aston Villa after their 7-1 demolition.
Terry stands by his comments insisting he is free to speak his mind even though he has nothing but admiration for today’s FA Cup semi-final opponents.
He said : “Martin O’Neill clearly took a dim view of some things I said afterwards. He is a manager I have the utmost respect for and I hope he realises that. When I suggested Villa got tired after an hour against us I was merely voicing my opinion. Every team must do its best to capitalise on the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses. For the record I really rate the Villa team at the moment and honestly believe our big win against them will count for nothing this time. But I do hope they are in for extra training again on Sunday because it will mean we have won. In James Collins and Richard Dunne, Villa have two of the finest defenders in the Premier League. At Chelsea we are also acutely aware of the attacking threat they pose to us and our dream of winning the FA Cup. I really like Collins. He is brave, fearless and puts his head where other people wouldn’t put their feet. He left West Ham last season when people thought there wasn’t much to choose between the clubs but look how Villa have come on this season. That’s in no small measure down to him and the part he plays with Dunne. When you are a centre-half you really have to put your body on the line. With Ashley Young, James Milner and Gabriel Agbonlahor they have England quality right through the side. Results like we enjoyed against them do not come along often and if anything Villa may be a bit more fired up than you would expect as they look for revenge in one of the prestige matches in what is a massive tournament for both clubs.”