The FA Community Shield

John Terry: Chelsea are 'ready to fight' for title

Saturday 01 Aug 2015
Chelsea skipper John Terry will lead his team-mates out at Wembley on Sunday
Chelsea captain John Terry admits he cannot wait to get back on the green grass of Wembley on Sunday.

The Premier League champions face FA Cup winners Arsenal in The FA Community Shield, just one week before the new campaign kicks off for real.

Arsenal v Chelsea

The FA Community Shield supported by McDonald's
3pm, Sunday 2 August 2015
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And having played all of their pre-season games so far overseas, the former England captain is eager to play in front of their fans on home soil.

"I’m excited to go again," revealed Terry, who has fond memories of Wembley after winning four FA Cups there in the last nine years.

"This is the start of the season, the chance to see new players and the fans are excited and ready to go again for a new campaign. 

"It is one of the best stadiums in the world. Since it has been built, we have had a very good record there, so I really hope that continues.

"It is a great pitch and I have great memories there from throughout my time at Chelsea. 

"It’s another big game against a London rival and, for me, there is no better way to start the season.

"It is an opportunity to win a trophy very early on and no doubt Arsenal will be in the same frame of mind. It should be a good game."

Chelsea captain John Terry wins a header against Sydney FC.

John Terry has lifted The FA Cup on four occasions since the new Wembley opened in 2007

The game also offers a chance for Chelsea fans to see some of their new summer signings in action before they begin their Premier League defence next weekend.

"We are happy with what we have done because we have had to strengthen as well – you can’t rest on your laurels, you have got to keep improving," he added.

"Retaining the title is always more difficult but we are ready to fight and give it all again. 

"With other teams now being even more up for beating Chelsea, as the current Premier League champions, we need to be mentally and physically prepared.

"We have brought in Asmir [Begovic], who is a top-class goalkeeper. Having played against him for so long, and now seeing him day in, day out, I know how good he is. 

"Then, in [Radamel] Falcao, we have brought in one of the best strikers I played against last year, so we are very excited to have them both here."

Read the full interview with Terry in the official match programme for The FA Community Shield supported by McDonald’s, which you can download here.

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels