Carlo Ancelotti has tipped John Terry to have a big impact on the upcoming FIFA World Cup™. Terry became the first Chelsea skipper to lead his side to the domestic double yesterday after a bizarre 1-0 win over Portsmouth at Wembley.
The smile on Terry's face as he lifted the trophy with Frank Lampard at the end contrasted sharply with the sadness he felt at losing the England captaincy in the wake of the allegations about his private life. Plenty of questions have been raised about Terry's ability to withstand the pressure yet over the last few weeks, as Chelsea began the surge that resulted in a domestic dominance only six other clubs have ever experienced, the 29-year-old seems to have got his old swagger back.
And, after watching an ultra-composed performance from his leader, Ancelotti is now looking forward to seeing more of the same in South Africa. "John Terry played well all year," said Ancelotti. "Maybe he had some difficult moments but he was able to keep his private problems outside the training ground. He finished the season very well. He is focused and fit and I think he will have a fantastic World Cup for England."
Chelsea's over Portsmouth set up a pre-season encounter with Manchester United in the Community Shield on 8 August, the start of a season where Ancelotti is expecting a stronger threat from all sides.
"Our opponents will put more pressure on us. They will put more attention on us," he said. "But pressure is normal. We are proud to have this attention. We will start next season level. My job will be to help the team win. We have managed to win this year. We want to win next year. The most important thing is to do our best and do our best together."