Next Game

Sydney FC v Chelsea

Tuesday, 02 June 2015, 11:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

Thailand All-Stars 0 - 1 Chelsea

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 12:00

Friendly Match

Terry praise for Di Canio

John Terry hopes Chelsea can inflict defeat on Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland on Sunday after praising the Italian.

Last Updated: 06/04/13 at 11:22 Post Comment

John Terry: Holds Di Canio in high regard

John Terry: Holds Di Canio in high regard

John Terry hopes Chelsea can inflict defeat on Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland at Stamford Bridgeon Sunday after praising the controversial Italian's character.

Di Canio's appointment as successor to Martin O'Neill has been the subject of much debate this week, with former foreign secretary David Miliband quitting as vice-chairman of Sunderland over the 44-year-old's past statements professing to be a "fascist but not a racist".

Di Canio on Wednesday insisted he does not support "the ideology of fascism" as he seeks to mastermind Sunderland's Barclays Premier League survival.

That quest begins on Sunday against Chelsea, where Terry's side will be seeking to enhance their claim on a Champions League qualifying spot.

"I can only speak highly of him (Di Canio)," Terry said.

"I played against him when he was at Charlton. His movement was fantastic and I found he was just a real nice guy on the pitch.

"I was only young at the time when I was playing against him when he was at West Ham and sides like that.

"He always spoke to me after games and said 'listen, maybe you should do this and do that' which was really nice at the time.

"A two word sentence was enough and something I learned from.

"He always gave a battle. If there was a little tussle he'd get up and shake your hand after and that kind of thing.

"So very fair, very passionate, as we've seen with his character, and his ability was fantastic. He was a credit."

Terry, who was not asked directly about Di Canio's views, anticipates the Italian's arrival will galvanise the Black Cats.

"He's certainly going to have them up for it," said Terry, who may return to the bench after starting in Thursday night's 3-1 Europa League quarter-final first leg defeat of Rubin Kazan.

The FA Cup holders have a place in the semi-final against Manchester City and travel to Moscow next Thursday seeking to confirm their last-four spot in the Europa League, with Terry believing winning results in the Premier League are now imperative.

"We really need to push on in the league," Terry said.

"Realistically he (interim boss Rafael Benitez) probably can't rest too many in the league.

"We must win and keep winning games in the league and really push, because that is what this club feeds off, is the Champions League. We must be involved in that."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

ypical Bodgers, in desperate need of a defensive midfielder and go for a floaty number 10 type midfielder. BODGERS OUT.

uncle monty
The Home Gossip

B

enteke is an absolute steal for £32.5m, he would get into any team in the world (except Barcelona) at the moment. I've seen many very good strikers in my 30+ years as a Villa fan. This guy is the best without question.

sparkigol
Benteke's £32.5m release clause

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

Footer 365

Inverness 2-1 Falkirk: James Vincent the matchwinner Caley leave it late to clinch Scottish Cup

Inverness Caley won the Scottish Cup for the first time with a dramatic 2-1 victory over spirited Falkirk at Hampden.

Greg Dyke continues attack on FIFA and president Sepp Blatter

FA chairman Greg Dyke is not convinced the 2022 World Cup will be hosted by Qatar as he expects more scandals to come out of FIFA.

Radamel Falcao in transfer talks with Chelsea

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao is speaking to Chelsea about a possible transfer, Sky sources understand.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company