JOHN TERRY reckons the man who's helped him most at Chelsea isn't any one of the seven managers he's served under - but the bloke in front of him on the pitch most weeks.
Even though Frank Lampard was subbed during Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Barcelona at the Nou Camp - Chelsea without the midfielder would be an unimaginable place according to his team-mate.
Terry said: "When I wasn't playing so well, there was Lamps - who I think has been the most consistent player in the Chelsea squad - and when other players aren't playing so well, Lamps is on their back to try and make them work harder for the team."
Another man who was instrumental in Chelsea's Catalan shut-out, that edges them closer to their second Champions League final on the trot, was goalkeeper Petr Cech - derided in the last two weeks for lacking concentration in high-scoring matches against Bolton and Liverpool.
Terry said: "When Big Pete was in trouble, the lads were getting round him.
"It's great: you've got players always pushing in training and on the pitch."
Blues fans will be hoping that both Terry and Lampard can turn in the sort of performances they displayed in Barcelona when they host first Fulham in the season's second west London derby on Saturday.
With Chelsea all but out of the title race, it will be the latter game that receives the best of their focus, and Terry is quietly confident.
"It'll be a different game at the Bridge. "We showed a few years ago that we can get in Barcelona's face and make things difficult for them," he said.