Terry and Puyol.

Chelsea and Barça have plenty of experience in their defences. And at the heart of one and
the other are John Terry and Carles Puyol. Both are captains, both have a wealth of experience
and both have experienced similar careers. The Englishman is 31 years old and the Catalan is
34, and both grew up through the youth systems at their respective clubs and are considered
living legends by their supporters, who have been enjoying the two stars since 1998 and 1999

More than 1,000 games between them

Terry and Puyol have captained Chelsea and Barça since 2004/05. Both have played more than
500 official games for the clubs where they have spent their entire professional careers. The
Londoner, although a midfielder in his formative years, has always been a centre back since
turning pro. But Puyol started out as a striker, joined the first team as a right back and has now
consolidated his role as centre back. Both have strong personalities, are strong in the air and
generally respect fair play (Terry has been sent off just four times and Puyol only twice).

Both players are also regulars with their international teams and have had to overcome serious
injuries. John Terry had a back operation in 2007 and Puyol underwent knee surgery last

Internationally recognised

During his illustrious career, Terry has been named Best Defender in the Champions League
three times (2005, 2008 and 2009) and Puyol once (2006). The former’s eleven titles are an all-
time Chelsea record, while Puyol has 18 winners medals, including three for the Champions
League. Both have played central roles in the four home and away encounters between the
Blues and Barça in the last seven years, and will be relishing the opportunity to meet again on
Wednesday evening.

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