John Terry believes Chelsea relish the packed end-of-season schedule and has called for the Blues to use Saturday’s 1-0 defeat of Everton as a catalyst for a strong run. Press Association “It’s important for us now to kick on, especially with a busy period,” the captain told Chelsea TV. “When we play three games in a week I think it suits the lads. “Everyone looks at it and thinks it might take its toll. But when you’re playing three games a week you play, light training, play again and there’s not much time to think. “Hopefully that’s the cobwebs gone (after the draw at West Brom and FA Cup loss to Manchester City) and we can kick on again.” Chelsea had to wait until stoppage time for Terry to convert Frank Lampard’s free-kick against an Everton side the former England captain believes are a different proposition under Roberto Martinez, who succeeded David Moyes as boss last summer. Terry added: “It wasn’t our best performance, but we’ll certainly take it. Maybe a draw was a fair result. “They played quite well. You have to give them credit. Since Martinez has come in they’ve looked a whole new side. “But we came away with three points. It was important we did that.” Terry’s last-gasp goal ensured a winning feeling for Chelsea as they travel to Istanbul on Wednesday to play Didier Drogba’s Galatasaray in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie, before a London derby with Fulham in the Barclays Premier League next weekend. Jose Mourinho has continually downplayed Chelsea’s title chances, but the Blues lead the standings ahead of their trip to Turkey and Terry is eager for further improvement. Chelsea have conceded twice in Terry’s last nine appearances – the Blues conceded three in his three-game absence with a gluteal muscle strain – and the skipper believes Mourinho’s methods are bearing fruit. Terry said: “Maybe the year before we were a little bit open and everyone was gung-ho. We were left three or four at the back at times and overloaded. “The manager’s come in and reshaped us, reformed us, added a different dimension to the wide boys. Look at Eden (Hazard). “Even though it looks good on the back four, it’s a collective unit.” Chelsea are still unbeaten at home in the Premier League this term, extending Mourinho’s overall record to 74 games. Mourinho, whose first objective is Champions League qualification, says it is essential for Chelsea’s challenge at the top of the table. “Any objective you have, to have a good home record is important,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. “We’ve lost four points at home – (drawing with) West Brom and West Ham – and if you can arrive at the end of the season without dropping many points at home, you have a better chance.” Chelsea travel to Istanbul with injury doubts over Oscar (ankle), David Luiz (hip/groin), Ramires and John Obi Mikel (both undisclosed), while Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are ineligible in European competition. Everton are unburdened by European competition this term and slipped to seventh this weekend, level on 45 points with Manchester United, but with a game in hand on the defending champions. Martinez feels aggrieved that Everton have not accumulated the points their performances have deserved after successive defeats in London, against Tottenham and Chelsea. Martinez said: “We’re in a position where probably we should have got more points than we have. “We’ve been to Stamford Bridge and we got nothing. We went to White Hart Lane and we got nothing. “Probably it’s fair to say we were the better side on both occasions. “For us it’s important, more than getting points away from home, it’s making sure the scoreline reflects the performance on the pitch.” The Spaniard is confident there is more to come from the Toffees this season and in future. “I think this group of players they haven’t fulfilled their potential,” he said. “We’ve got a long way to go and if we can fulfil the potential we can try to achieve anything.”
Home field advantage is important in every sport. In soccer it is an incredibly important factor. Just ask head coach John Trask and his Wisconsin Men’s Soccer team that has dominated its opponents in Madison the last few years.To find the last time Wisconsin lost at home you have to go back nearly a year to Oct. 10, 2012 when the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee beat the Badgers 1-0.After starting off the year 3-0 at home, the Badgers notched their fourth home win of the season Tuesday against the Drake Bulldogs. The 3-2 victory not only leaves them undefeated at home, but provided them with crucial momentum as they reach the half-way point in their four game home stand.The Badgers started out strong taking a 2-0 lead, but after a late Drake goal brought the lead within one point the game tensed up. A penalty kick after a hand ball once again extended the Badgers lead to two at 3-1. However, the Bulldogs were not done. They notched one more bringing them within striking distance off of a set play with just five minutes to play. Despite some good chances, the Badgers rallied to hold them off and claim a win.“Were 4-0 [at home] this year,” Trask said. “You really want to make your home field a bastion, and I felt it was tonight.”Luckily for Wisconsin, at home they are no stranger to nail biters, and in each of those close home games, the Badgers always seem to come out on top. On Sept. 8, the Badgers were able to rally with a last-second goal from redshirt senior midfielder Tomislav Zadro to take DePaul into overtime where they later won.The Badgers credit a lot of those events to playing on their home turf, in front of their home fans.“Home field advantage in every sport is worth something,” Trask said. “I know our guys love to play here in front of their friends and family, and the other students. Our field is absolutely gorgeous and I know our guys love to play here in this stadium.”Wisconsin has developed a reputation for being a hard-driven defensive team that can occasionally capitalize on offensive opportunities. This season at home, however, Trask’s men have been electric offensively. The Badgers are averaging 2.5 goals a game at home. That includes three 3-goal games, a mark that took previous Wisconsin teams five years to achieve.Wisconsin’s only losses this year were both on the road, at the end of a five game road series that had the Badgers traveling between Wisconsin, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania.“One of our goals this season was to stay undefeated at home,” junior forward Jacob Brindle said. “That is what we are working for right now. It is always good to defend your turf. That is what we set out to do whenever we play at home.”However, staying undefeated at home is going to be a tall order for the Badgers. With Big Ten games against Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State still on the schedule at home, it is going to require some impressive performances and a bit of luck to leave the McClimon Complex unscathed.“Coach likes to emphasis this is our place,” senior forward Nick Janus said. “Our opponents are going to have to come here and take it from us. We want to make this our fort and hold it down. So far this season we have been able to do that. We have a pretty big test later this week against Indiana but I feel that we are prepared.”The last time Indiana came to Madison two years ago the Badgers dealt the top ranked Hoosiers their first loss of the season in a 2-0 decision. When Indiana comes into town for its Friday matchup with the Badgers, it will not only be looking for revenge but also its first win in Madison since 2009. However, the Badgers will be relying on their skill home field advantage as they try to extend their home winning streak to five and take their first Big Ten win of the season.