John Terry's form is fine, says Chelsea manager Robert di Matteo
Chelsea interim manager Roberto di Matteo has jumped to the defence of club captain John Terry amid accusations of a drop in form.
The Blues captain suffered a nervy and uncomfortable night at Anfield on Tuesday as Liverpool beat Chelsea 4-1.
There have been suggestions the experienced international, 31, may not feature in England's Euro 2012 squad, but Di Matteo is supportive.
"John has been magnificent for us," said the Italian coach.
"He has been playing all the games, he has been a leader and everything you want in a captain."
"He's very passionate, he's Chelsea through and through, and that's certainly rubbed off on the players," the defender explained.
"He has obviously done very well in the league and all competitions to get us where we are today."
But Terry's performance against Liverpool in the Premier League was error-strewn, with a slip allowing Jordan Henderson to race through and score. He also lost striker Andy Carroll at a corner for the Reds' third, and appeared fooled by Luis Suarez's trickery on a number of occasions.
Terry will be unavailable for selection against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday, 19 May after being sent off in the second leg of the semi-final against Barcelona.
Di Matteo's side will also be missing the suspended Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires.
Central defensive due Gary Cahill and David Luiz are struggling to be fit for the match at Allianz Arena in Munich, and the manager is still unsure whether either or both will be fit.
"We are working towards their fitness and trying to get them back as soon as we can," Di Matteo said.
"They were not available for Liverpool so we will have to see.
"We will check on their progress and how they will develop. I would like to have everyone available."