The pain of an injury to his foot was fleeting for John Terry. A scan revealed no damage to the bones, nor to the Chelsea defender's hopes of playing in England's opening World Cup match against the USA in just four weeks' time.
A relieved Terry said yesterday: “I was just running back to goal and Daniel Sturridge fell on top of me. My foot was caught underneath. I thought it was quite bad initially. I was a bit scared, I must say, but once I had the scan, it was just bruising and today there was no problem at all.”
On the eve of his chance to become the first captain in Chelsea's history to complete the Double, Terry admitted he still had not recovered from the emotional agony of the 2008 Champions League final defeat to Manchester United in Moscow, when he slipped and missed the spot-kick that would have won Europe's major prize.
“Nothing will ever make up for Moscow unless we go there and win it in my lifetime,” said Terry.
Portsmouth go into tomorrow's final as rank outsiders at odds of 12/, but suggestions that Chelsea may not be “up for it” as much as their opponents were dismissed out of hand by Terry.
“Portsmouth may have been relegated, but nobody is taking the game lightly,” he captain said.
“They have had a few good results towards the end of the season. I have spoken to David James as well and they are up for the game and looking forward to it. They will have nothing to lose and we know it will be really tough.”
As holders there is no doubt Chelsea take the FA Cup seriously. The club's pride in winning it is something Ancelotti has adopted during his 10-month reign.
“I didn't know before this season how the FA Cup was important for every club,” he said.
“There was a lot of surprises.”