John Terry practiced Panenka before UCL final penalty miss

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It can be recalled that former Chelsea defender John Terry was handed the golden opportunity to score the winning penalty for the Blues in 2008 UEFA Champions League final but ended up wasting it.

The English defender slipped in the run-up and his spot-kick hit the post before Manchester United went on to win the shoot-out 6:5.

The miss is one that has haunted John Terry and all Chelsea fans over the years, although they won the competition against all odds in 2012. Whilst recalling the incident, Terry revealed that he was very confident in his spot-kick ability and even practiced Panenka penalties in training.

In a chat with beiN Sports, the former Chelsea captain said: “On the build up to finals you take penalties, and you go through the routines, and you do the walk from the halfway line.

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“We’d been doing that for two weeks at the training ground, and I’d been dinking them down the middle like the Panenka!”

The Panenka is a penalty technique named after Czech player Antonin Panenka, who scored the winning penalty against then West Germany in the 1976 European Championship final game.

Terry was tasked with taking the fifth penalty for the Blues after Cristiano Ronaldo had his effort saved by Petr Cech. He failed to take his chance before Nicolas Anelka missed for Chelsea, allowing the Red Devils to carry the night.

The Blues would go on to win the UCL four years later with John Terry playing no part in the final game after being sent off in the semi-final against Barcelona. The Blues beat Bayern Munich on penalties on the night at the Allianz Arena and Didier Drogba was the man for the Blues.

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