Terry - underdog tag suits us

John Terry is happy with Arsenal and Manchester United being in the limelight at this stage of the season and feels Chelsea can take advantage of their new underdog status.

United have been in hot pursuit of Arsenal in the Premier League, while Arsene Wenger's men have taken the plaudits in the UEFA Champions League this week following their epic win against AC Milan.

Chelsea are only seven points off the pace and have to play their title rivals at Stamford Bridge, where they have not lost for two years in league action.

They also eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with victory over Olympiacos this week and they face Barnsley on Saturday in the FA Cup.

However, there has been little talk of a treble since the Carling Cup final defeat to Tottenham at Wembley.

"We like it that way," said skipper Terry.

"A few people are slowly mentioning us but we are out of the way at the minute and hopefully we can stay that way as long as possible until the end and then can put some pressure on.


"If we can keep winning and putting pressure on that's all we can do."

Terry wanted a response after the Spurs defeat and Chelsea have produced convincing victories over West Ham and Olympiacos.

"The will to win and succeed is clearly enough," he added.

"When things are written questioning the players, the club or anyone else it does get your back up. I won't lie and say that it doesn't.

"The only way we can change that is to put in performances like against West Ham and Olympiacos and put pressure on teams and show what type of footballing side we really are.

"It is easy to say a week or so after the final that you can look at it and take it as a learning curve. In the first few days you don't accept that.

"Looking at the Tottenham game it was a big learning curve and hopefully that will do us well until the end of the season. We have a lot of big games coming up and we need to be better than the other teams around us."