Cahill: “Terry can handle QPR taunts”

Cahill: “Terry can handle QPR taunts”

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John Terry’s defensive partner has backed him to ignore the hostile reception he is almost certain to receive at Loftus Road this Sunday.

In 2011 Terry was caught up in a race controversy with ex Hoops defender Anton Ferdinand.

Terry was cleared in court but banned for four games and fined £220,000 by the FA.

Cahill has no doubt that his captain will be able to handle any abuse he may receive from the home fans.

He said: “He has been through a lot football-wise in his career,

“He has been through so many good times, winning trophies and whatnot, and bad times. So in terms of personality he is obviously thick-skinned and that’s why I say it won’t affect him, and it won’t affect us.”

It’s a huge game for both sides as QPR look to avoid the drop, and the Blues look to stamp their name on the Premier League trophy.

Cahill added: “It’s a local derby so the atmosphere will be intense and it will be another huge game to try to win.

“I think he has been there already. It’s not as if it’s the first time he has been back, he has played there.

“There is still that element of pressure to finish the job,

“We’ve worked so hard this season to be where we are and to put ourselves in the position we are in, so we want to go all the way and finish it.”