Terry apologised to manager Roberto Di Matteo and his team-mates after he was given his marching orders for kneeing Alexis Sanchez in the back during their stunning victory at Camp Nou.

In the build-up to Sunday's Premier League game with QPR, Terry used his programme notes to issue an apology to the club's fans and celebrate the heroics of the rest of the Chelsea side.

"I apologised to Robbie, the players and the staff after the game. I'm big enough to come out and man up when I make a mistake and, clearly, I made a mistake on Tuesday," the 31-year-old wrote in his matchday notes.

"I'm sorry for that and I owe it to you, the fans, to come out and say so.

"After that, for the boys to go and get the result they did, in the manner they did, was honestly one of the best things I have seen since I have been at Chelsea.

"It was not just the result, but the way they played.

"Just when it looked like everything was going wrong, for the 10 players on the pitch to stand up to one of the best teams ever to play the game, in their own stadium, was incredible.

"I was really proud to see the lads get through, because this football club and this group of players deserve the opportunity in the Champions League final."