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Terry, Iniesta Ready For 100th UCL Game

Terry, Iniesta Ready For 100th UCL Game

John Terry will make his 100th Champions League appearance for Chelsea intonight’s clash with Sporting Lisbon.

The Blues head to Portugal bidding to pick up their first win in this year’s competition after their opening day draw with Schalke at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fabregas looked to have handed his side a winning start, however, Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar netted a late leveller to stun the hosts.

Blues skipper Terry will be desperate to lead his side all the way to glory in Berlin next May.
He famously missed a penalty in Chelsea’s 2008 defeat to Manchester United in Moscow, and missed their 2012 triumph over Bayern Munich through suspension.

Terry will come up against Manchester United star Nani tonight, with the Portugal winger back at Sporting on a season-long loan deal.

Another familiar face will be summer transfer target William Carvalho, who is still with the club despite strong interest from the likes of Manchester.

Also set to join the 100 club when Barcelona take on Ligue 1 champions, PSG at the Parc des Princes on tonight is vice-captain, Andres Iniesta.

Iniesta will only be the fourth player in club history to reach this particular milestone, joining current captain Xavi Hernandez (148 games – 12 goals), former captain Carles Puyol (120 games – 2 goals) and former goalkeeper, Victor Valdes (110 games – 90 goals conceded).

“On Tuesday night, Andrés Iniesta returns to Paris, the city where he won his first Champions League winners medal, with the opportunity of making his hundredth appearance in the competition. In the 99 games he’s played in since making his debut against Bruges in the 2002/03 season, Iniesta has scored ten goals and picked up three winners medals.

“Iniesta won his first winners medal on May 17, 2006, as Eto’o and Belletti got the goals to win Barça the first of a trio of trophies over the next five years, with the wins in Rome in 2009 and London in 2011. Yet it is for the goal in the semi-final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2009 that Iniesta will be best remembered, as his dramatic, late strike ensured a place in the Rome final.”

Iniesta is expected to start after resting this past weekend against Granada.

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