Terry kneed Sanchez off the ball (Picture: Getty)

John Terry admitted the biggest regret of his Chelsea career was getting sent off against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final in 2012.

The centre-halve kneed Alexis Sanchez off the ball and almost cost his side a spot in the final, as Chelsea edged past one of the tournament favourites 3-2 on aggregate.

Terry apologised to fans after the moment of madness and the Stamford Bridge legend admitted it was the most stupid decision of his Chelsea career.

‘I knew I was in trouble,’ Terry told BeIN Sport about the incident.

‘It’s funny because I heard before we played them at Stamford Bridge, he got a dead leg.

‘And in the home game he run past me and I sort of blocked him and caught him on his leg, and he was in absolute agony.

‘He was still carrying it [in second leg] so I thought I’ll just give him a little.

Terry missed the 2012 Champions League final (Picture: Getty)

‘Stupid really, I don’t know why I done the second one at the Nou Camp because it put the team in a dreadful position.

‘I look back now and I think it must be one of my silliest moments as a player on the pitch and if you could pick one team you do not want to be down to ten men against its Barcelona at the Nou Camp. I thought I could get away with it.’

The red card against Barcelona would lead to the now iconic moment of Terry celebrating Chelsea’s triumph over Bayern Munich in the final in a full kit, despite the fact he was suspended for the game.

The 2012 Champions League trophy remains the only time in Chelsea’s history they have won the tournament.

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