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“I couldn’t face the lads…” – John Terry finally opens up on Champions League final slip vs Man United



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John Terry has finally opened up on his Champions League final slip which helped Manchester United win the penalty shootout against Chelsea.

Sir Alex Ferguson‘s side won the iconic European trophy after they drew 1-1 with Chelsea in normal time.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for United before Frank Lampard equalised.

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Ronaldo was the first to miss in the tense penalty shootout, and it eventually came to Terry, who had the chance to win the tournament for the first time. He slipped as he struck the ball and hit the post.

United would go on to win the game, and their third Champions League trophy after Edwin van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka’s attempt.

Terry’s slip is one of two which are fondly remembered within the United fanbase and the former defender has finally opened up on the final 16 years later.

Speaking on the Up Front Podcast, Terry said: “As a player, you have so many highs, but it’s the lows that stay with you longer.

“That night we lost we went back to the hotel and the manager was asking us all to go down for a drink, but I stayed in my room because I couldn’t face the lads. Eventually I went down and had a beer with the rest of the group.

“”I just remember standing in my hotel room on the 25th floor, looking over Moscow and asking myself, ‘why then, why did it start raining then, why did I slip?’

“The hardest thing for me was that three days later, we had a friendly for England against USA at Wembley, and I scored a header from 18 yards out. If I could swap any two goals in my career, it’d be those two.”