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John Terry will not be put on the spot again

The Chelsea captain is not one of the designated penalty takers should the club's pivotal Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester United come to the same conclusion as the 2008 final.

LONDON // John Terry will not be one of Chelsea's designated penalty takers should the club's pivotal Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester United come to the same conclusion as when the two teams met in the traumatic 2008 final.

Terry had the chance to win the Champions League for Chelsea in Moscow three years ago but his effort from the penalty spot hit the post and United triumphed as the penalty shoot-out went into sudden death.

Though Chelsea's captain has frequently expressed his readiness to make amends for his Moscow failure by taking another shoot-out kick, the manager Carlo Ancelotti already has decided that Terry will not be among his five takers if the clubs' rematch, which starts at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, remains undecided after two legs.

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"Will John Terry be in the first five? No," said Ancelotti, who elected not to use Terry in February's FA Cup shoot-out loss to Everton. "No. If he has to shoot [later] he will shoot. I don't know the position."

Ancelotti also sought to quell what he referred to as "bar sport" that Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres have avoided passing to each other since the latter's £50 million (Dh292.5m) transfer from Liverpool.

"No, if there is a possibility, they pass the ball without problem," Ancelotti said.

Uefa and Premier League statistics show that the pair have passed the ball to each other just nine times in the 191 minutes they have been on the field together against Liverpool, United, Blackpool and Copenhagen.

By contrast, Drogba and Nicolas Anelka completed eight passes in just 68 minutes of the Copenhagen second leg.

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